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Hawaiian is the Ancestral Language of the Indigenous People of the Hawaiian Islands , the Hawaiians , a Polynesia n people. Hawaiian, along with English , is an Official Language of the State Of Hawaiâi . The ISO Language Code for Hawaiian is haw Hawaiian is a member of the Austronesian Language Family , most closely related to Polynesian Languages like Marquesan Tahitian SÄmoan MÄori , and Rapa Nui (i.e., the language of Easter Island), as well as to other languages in the Pacific, like Fijian , and more distantly to Indonesian Malagasy , and the indigenous languages of the Philippines (such as Tagalog, Ilokano, Visayan) and Taiwan (such as Paiwan, Rukai, Saaroa, Yami). Use of the language For many centuries, Hawaiian was the only language ever used in the Hawaiian archipelago, and it was used nowhere else. In 1778, British English arrived via explorer James Cook and crew. Subsequently, the sounds of French, German, Spanish, and Russian arrived in Hawaii via other explorers and businessmen. The people responsible for "importing" those languages were also responsible for "exporting" the Hawaiian language into new territory, because there were some adventurous native speakers of Hawaiian who opted to do some exploring of their own by leaving Hawaii and sailing off to "see the world" aboard the wooden ships of the Caucasian explorers.