We don’t mean to alarm you but we just learnt that we’ve been saying the word ‘Hawaii’ wrong our whole lives… And now everything feels like a lie!

You’ve no doubt said that word numerous times (In sentences like, ‘Man I wish I was in Hawaii rather than at work…), heard other people say it and even heard the place referenced in various TV Shows and movies.

So then how could we get it so wrong?

We don’t have that answer, but we can tell you how you are supposed to pronounce the tropical US state.

American singer and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger joined Kyle and Jackie O in studio this morning when the topic was brought up.

Kyle was asking Nicole where she liked to go to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of celebrity life.

She told him that she loves to go back to Hawaii, which is where she was born. But just listen to how she says it!


It’s very hard to describe but we’ll try our best: Instead of saying Ha-why-ee like we do, Nicole actually says Hoo-a-ee.

And now that we’ve heard the correct pronunciation we can’t help but feel so bogan when we say it our way now!

Check it out for yourself in the video above!

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