The Hawaiian Language

Posted Saturday, May 5, 2018 - By Chuck Garrett

Lei Hulu (Feather Lei), Hawaiian Islands, 19th century, Oo, iwi, and ou feathers

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Learn the correct pronunciations and meanings. 

Develop a better understanding of Hawaiian language and culture.

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There are 12 letters in the Hawai’ian alphabet;

7 consonants (H, K, L, M, P, and W) and 5 vowels (A, E, I, O, U).  


Here are a few common words:

Aloha (ah-low-ha): hello, goodbye, and love

Hale (hah-lay): House

Kane (kah-nay): man

Keiki (kay-kee): baby, child

Kokua (ko-coo-ah): help

Mahalo (ma-ha-lo): thank you

Makai (Mah-kah-ee): to the sea

Malihini (ma-li-hee-nee): new comer

Mauka (mow-ka): to the mountains

Pali (paw-lee): steep cliffs

Pupu (pooh-pooh): appetizer, hors d’oeuvre

Pau (pow): finished, over

Wahine (wah-hee-nay): woman


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