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Good to Know | Mauka and Makai

If you ask directions from a local, you’ll likely hear something like, “After you pass the third stoplight, the store is on the mauka side of the street.” Don’t panic! Just remember:


Mauka – Sounds like “mountain”. Look or turn towards the mountain / land.


Makai – Uses the Hawaiian word “kai” (sea). Look or turn towards the ocean.

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