The word "mahalo" means "thank you" in Hawaiian. Each "a" makes an "ah" sound, while the "o" is pronounced as "oh." When additional sentiment is appropriate, "mahalo nui loa" means thank you very much.
The Hawaiian language contains the normal five vowels from the English language plus seven consonants: h, k, l, m, n, p and w. Hawaii is the only place where the Hawaiian language is spoken. In 1978, after a decline in its use that had lasted many years, Hawaiian again became one of the official languages in the state, and Hawaiian students learn it as part of their cultural lessons in school.