Proud to Support Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Celebrating the Hawaiian Language 

Did you know that Hawaiʻi is the only US state to have two official state languages – English and Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi)? The month of February is designated as “Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi” (Hawaiian language month) by the Hawaiʻi State legislature, various county councils around Hawaiʻi, and by other organizations.  The purpose for the month is to celebrate and normalize the use of ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi in everyday life, as well as to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture. Zippy’s is proud to celebrate all of the cultures in Hawai‘i that make our home a special place in the world. For the month of February, Zippy’s is supporting Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Month by giving you an opportunity to learn a little bit of the language and to see what the Zippy’s menu looks like in ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi!

Mahalo to Nā Kumu Kahanuola Solatorio, Kalehua Kawaʻa, and Lehuanui Watanabe, all of whom teach ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i at Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama, and to the haumāna (students) of the Hawaiian 4 class at Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama for translating the Zippy’s dine-in menu – no small feat!

Learning ʻŌlelo Hawai‘i the ʻOno (Delicious) Way with Kumu Kahanuola Solatorio

Join Kumu Solatorio, as he takes his own ‘ohana on the journey to learn more about the language. And, what better way to get started than to learn about the various foods you can find at Zippy’s!

Click and watch the 4 videos below to learn how to order your favorite Zippy’s food in Hawaiian!

Ready to Take a Few Introductory Lessons?

If you want to dive a little deeper into the language, Kumu Solatorio has built these online lessons for you to take for free!

You may notice that on this webpage, Zippy’s has made a concerted effort to the use of diacritical markings of the (modern) Hawaiian language including the ‘okina [‘] or glottal stop and the kahakō [ō] or macron. However, you may notice these diacritical markings have been omitted throughout other parts of the website to ensure the best online experience for our website visitors. Zippy’s recognizes the importance of using these markings to preserve the language and culture of Hawaii, though our effort is not perfect.