Skip to main content Skip to main navigation

What is Pidgin?

Pidgin with a small ‘p’ is defined as a blend of multiple languages that facilitates communication among members of a diverse community. Examples of pidgin are found around the world.

In Hawaiʻi, you'll hear Pidgin (with a capital ‘P’) every day. Hawaiʻi Pidgin is a blend of Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, English, and other languages spoken locally.

Pidgin is a language in its own right and is a rich part of local culture. Don’t worry, you’ll pick it up in no time!

Helpful Links


UH Manoa students


UH Mānoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic heritage. Located at the crossroads of the Pacific, the campus is home to students, faculty, and staff from Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland, and more than 100 countries around the world. Our programs consistently rank among the nation's most diverse.

This diversity and Hawaiʻi's spirit of aloha—a term that refers to the mutual regard, caring, and affection felt and expressed among people from all walks of life—contributes to a campus environment we think you'll agree is unique. Below is a list of just a few of the resources available to serve the needs of our diverse community.

Student Associations

For organizations without websites visit the list of student organizations for additional information.