No’u Ka Hau’Oli may seem like a gibberish combination of letters but that’s how strange languages are to people who don’t understand them.
While this phrase or clause may be strange to you and even hard to pronounce, it shouldn’t be strange to a Hawaiian citizen unless he or she is not familiar with the Hawaiian language.
If you will be traveling to Hawaii any time soon or conversing with a Hawaiian, you may want to know what this clause means. Of course, other Hawaiian words matter but we are focusing on this today.
Before thinking of a way to respond to No’u Ka Hau’Oli, you should consider the meaning and respond the same way you would if you were spoken to in English or in the language you understand.
No’u Ka Hau’Oli Meaning
No’u Ka Hau’Oli is a Hawaiian word that translates to “The happiness is mine” or “The pleasure is mine.”
It can also be considered a synonym for “You are welcome” and other modest responses to “Thank you.”
No’u Ka Hau’Oli Pronunciation
No’u Ka Hau’Oli is transcribed as [No-oo- kuh- ow-oh-lee]. If you are not good at reading transcriptions, you can consider pronouncing each syllable like the following words; [No-Who Caw How-Holy].
10 Correct Responses to “No’u Ka Hau’Oli”
- Mahalo Nui Loa
- I really appreciate this.
- You are too kind.
- I won’t forget this
- I doubt that. Thanks again.
- I deserve a punch. I am very grateful.
- I really disturbed you. Didn’t I?
- I’ll get you something for this.
- Thank you so much, Amigo.
- How can I pay you back?
Mahalo Nui Loa
This is an Hawaiian response to No’u Ka Hau’Oli. It translates to Thank you very much. That is what you would most likely say when a person says You are welcome or It’s my pleasure.
These two clauses do not require further words. In most cases, the response that comes is usually unrelated.
The response would either be starting a new topic or making a comment on what the person is showing gratitude for.
However, you can repeat your appreciation and add So or Very.
I really appreciate this
After saying Thank you in English or in the Hawaiian language, you may be replied with No’u Ka Hau’Oli.
If you don’t want the conversation to end there or you just really want to show how grateful you truly her, you can just show your appreciation in other words.
You can say how much you appreciate what has been done for you or given to you. Your astonishment should be clear on your face.
That way, you will appear honest in showing your gratitude. You can even give the person a hug. It’s not necessary, though.
You are too kind
You can consider saying a compliment to the person. It may depend on what favor has been done for you but it is your choice.
It is usually something worth commending when a person has been of tremendous help to you but is happy to offer his or her assistance to you.
Instead of repeating the same words of appreciation, you can just comment about the person’s generosity or kindness.
You can further add that you appreciate the help and you did not expect the person to be okay with helping you out.
This comment will go beyond merely showing appreciation. It will be obvious that you are grateful for the assistance that has been offered to you and the person will also feel better about himself or herself.
I won’t forget this
Does this sound cliché? Maybe it is. You may have heard it or said it so many times but you may agree that it doesn’t come impulsively.
When a person says this, he or she usually means it. Of course, it is almost impossible to remember to keep that promise of not forgetting the favor that has been done for you.
After saying further appreciation, you should keep a sincere look on your face and say that you won’t forget it.
This will show how much impact you believe the favor should have on you or your life. The person will be happy to know that he or she has been of great help.
I doubt that. Thanks again.
You can always respond with this. This may be one of the most beautiful responses you may want to consider on this list.
You may agree that you feel forced to offer help, sometimes, when you are asked. You should assume that it is the same as others.
In some cases, the assistance you are being asked for is actually straining and may make you uncomfortable.
In some cases, it’s very simple for you to do but may take your time when you really want to be resting or doing something else with your time.
However, it is usual for people to say Don’t worry about it when they are appreciated for their assistance.
Saying you doubt that it is the person’s pleasure to help you will make the person smile. Then, you should say appreciation again and make sure you are as sincere as possible.
I deserve a punch. I am very grateful
This is another great idea to show that you appreciate what a person has done for you. This response suggests that you understand how much stress you have caused the person you are talking to.
You should use this if you believe you must have been quite annoying or disturbing while demanding the person’s help earlier.
When the person says it is his or her pleasure to have helped you out, this response should show you understand that it couldn’t have been a pleasure because of how disturbing you were.
You are indirectly telling him or her that you do not deserve the help that you were offered and you should be beaten up instead.
You can say how much you appreciate the help again and keep a sincere look.
I really disturbed you. Didn’t I?
You know you disturbed him/her. What’s with the question? Acknowledging a person’s sacrifice for your sake can go a long way in showing how appreciative you are.
You don’t need to have caused a lot of stress for the person before asking this question. You can mention how much time the person dedicated to helping you.
You can mention that you know he or she would want to have been resting or, at least, busy with something else.
You can also mention how much attention or effort the person put into helping you out, even though you don’t deserve it.
After saying this, you should show appreciation again. You can also promise not to disturb the person with strenuous tasks anymore.
I’ll get you something for this
You wouldn’t say this to your boss. It would sound weird. There is no need for a tutorial on how to use this.
We sometimes feel obligated to offer assistance to older people when they ask for help. Also, when they thank us, many of us pretend to have enjoyed spending so much time and effort helping them out.
You should assume the same when you receive help from a younger person. It doesn’t have to be a younger person. It could be a close friend.
When he or she tells you not to worry about thanking him or her or says Ka Hau’Oli, you can promise to get something for the person. You should be honest about it, however.
The promise will show that you truly appreciate what the person has done for you or given you.
Fulfilling the promise will show that you can be trusted and the person will be more willing to help you another time.
Thank you so much, Amigo
This is something you can consider saying to a friend or a younger person. This may sound weird if you already know the word Amigo.
You don’t need to be Spanish to know the word. It is probably used everywhere and virtually everyone who uses it has no idea what language it is.
Amigo is the Spanish word for Friend. This may sound weird because you would be mixing English and Spanish while responding to Hawaii. Nothing stops you though.
After a person says it’s his or her pleasure to have offered assistance to you, you can thank the person again and call him or her a friend. You can omit the Amigo if you are talking to an older person.
If you think Amigo is weird in the sentence, you can consider using the Hawaiian word for Friend; Hoaloha.
However, Hoaloha is not regularly used in conversations so you can use local slang like Bruddah or Sistah.
These slangs are similar to Bro, Sis, and other friendly nicknames in English.
How can I pay you back?
This is a rhetorical question so you should not expect an answer before saying Thank you again. Waiting for an answer may make it seem less appreciative.
Most times, people offer help just to make you happy. However, if you are offering to pay for help that you have offered without showing gratitude, you may not receive any assistance from him or her again.
The person may play a joke by saying how you will pay him/her back. It also may not be a joke but you have to show that you care while thanking the person for the help you have received.