You have heard of HiChee, but where does “Chee” come from?
Chee comes from the word Cheehoo, a Hawaiian slang originating from the Samoa culture. It is a term that is often used around family and friends in a positive light. “Cheehoo!” is exclaimed when you are celebrating or if something is exciting. The term is most similar to terms like woohoo, yee-haw, or wahoo.
Check out this video from Hawaii News Now that features native Hawaiian, William Vaana, exclaiming the Hawaiian term “Cheehoo!” He emulates Disney’s “Moana” rendition of Maui, the demigod. Since release of the movie, William Vaana has been capturing the attention of many on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
So next time you are enjoying yourself in Hawaii, surrounded by family and friends, don’t forget to show it, “CHEEHOO!”