Origin of makai
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MORE ABOUT MAKAI
What does makai mean?
Makai means toward the sea.
Makai is a common term in Hawaiian that has been adopted into English. It describes the location of something in terms of being near or at the ocean, or seaward.
Related to makai is mauka, meaning “toward the mountains or inland.” People in Hawaii often give directions in terms of whether something is toward the ocean (makai) or the mountains (mauka), especially in boating and sea travel.
Example: The hiking trail makai of the reservation has lovely ocean views.
Where does makai come from?
The first records of the term makai in English come from around the 1870s.
It is a Hawaiian term that combines ma, meaning “beside, at, on, or toward,” and kai, meaning “ocean.”
In English, makai is almost exclusively used in Hawaii and by people from Hawaii. For example, when a ship is parallel with the coast, one side is makai, that is, facing the ocean, while the side is mauka, facing inland.
Due to makai’s association with Hawaiian culture, it is sometimes used as the name for products, companies, services, or businesses with a Hawaiian theme or that are located in the state.
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How is makai used in real life?
Makai is most commonly used by people living in Hawaii or from Hawaii.
You know you're from Hawaii when you give directions using mauka, makai, diamond head and ewa sides.
— Reign 💛🤍💜🖤 (@ReignBotYT) April 6, 2017
In Hawaii, sometimes we use Hawaiian directions to tell people where to go
So mauka refers to the side facing the mountains and makai is facing the ocean
As someone who grew up here all 25 years of my life I still have problems understanding these
— Pickles @ Post Lunar New Year Burnout 🧧 (@pockles4nockles) February 12, 2020
Mahalo to everyone who made this experience meaningful! I will be missing Hawaii, from the mauka to makai ❤
— мαяιση мιcнαεℓ (@mmbacabac) June 24, 2016
Try using makai!
True or False?
Makai means toward the mountains.
How to use makai in a sentence
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He told us to avoid the makai side and keep to the mouka side.