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Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide

Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide

Hawaiian language belongs to the Polynesian language family. The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only 13 letters: 5 vowels and 8 consonants. This Hawaiian Pronunciation Guide is a simplified overview for English speakers with recorded examples kindly provided by Hawaiian language specialist Kamalani Johnson. Our Use of Transcription Words in square brackets [ ] show the pronunciation of Hawaiian words. Such notation is called transcription in linguistics. For the purposes of this article, we use our own very simple transcription system,…

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Types of Coffee in Hawaii

Types of Coffee in Hawaii

Hawaii is a favorite tourist destination not only for its tropical landscapes and magical luaus. It is also one of the largest coffee-producing lands in the world! There are many different types of coffee in Hawaii, all having unique taste profiles with fruity and floral notes. Which one to choose for your next cup of demitasse and which one to buy as a gift? Let’s explore the Hawaiian coffee tradition. When your appetite for coffee is whetted, you’ll be ready…

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The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

The Meaning of Aloha Through Hawaiian Language and History

Ua Kuluma Ke Kanaka I Ke Aloha.It Is Natural For People To Behave In a Loving Way.– Hawaiian Proverb Derived from an enchantingly beautiful language with only 13 characters, aloha is one of the most famous words in the world. Through the magic of movies, television, and music most people on Earth have had at least a small glimpse of Hawai’i. But to understand the meaning of the word aloha, let’s try to slow down to the beat of the…

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Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Filmed in Hawaii – Kong: Skull Island (2017)

There have been many versions of 1933’s King Kong, the classic story about a giant ape who falls for a human woman. The best known are 2005’s epic re-imagining of the same name and 2017’s action-packed Kong: Skull Island. And while each movie is a different take on the story, there’s just as big a contrast between their backdrops. Like the original, they both take place on “Skull Island” – a fictional prehistoric land in the Pacific. To bring to…

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Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

Filmed in Hawaii: TV Series Lost (2004 – 2010)

In the popular TV series Lost, the survivors of a plane crash are forced to unite to overcome the mystifying threats of the island on which they’re stranded. From the beginning, the sci-fi hit relied heavily on intrigue to draw in viewers. But the fact that it was filmed in various locations throughout Oahu in Hawaii for its entire six-year-run is no mystery. The pilot episode opens with the characters finding themselves on a seemingly-deserted island beach in the wake…

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Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa Town – Historical and Cultural Center on North Shore Oahu

Haleiwa (pronounced ‘hah-lay-ee-va’, Hawaiian transcription Hale’iwa) is a small beachfront town on the North shore Oahu. It has two great beach parks with beautiful sky and water views. The natural grace of the island is easy to enjoy here. Major surfing competitions are held in Haleiwa town every year. Local shops range from surf shops and gift shops to amazing offerings of talents from around the globe. Rich volcanic soils, coastal flats and fresh water wetlands that first attracted natives…

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Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Hawaii 101 or What Everyone Needs to Know About the Islands

Come join the class, it’s called Hawaii 101 or What everyone needs to know about these enchanted isles. Whether you’re a wahini (wa-heenee) woman, or kane (kaw-nay) man, a malahini (mawla-heenee) newcomer, or a kama’aaina (kawmah-eye-nah) children of the land, it’s good to know the basics about your islands. First, there are 8 islands, actually a couple hundred stringing halfway up to Alaska, but there only are 8 main ones. And each island has a nick-name. Hawaii Island is so…

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Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Hawaii State Symbols: State Flower, Bird, Fish and More

Welcome to Hawaii!  It’s always good to know the symbols of the state you visit. Best to start with the big 5 Hawaii state symbols, the state flower, the state bird, the state nickname, the motto, and the little state fish with the big name. Once you know these you’re on your way to being a real local. You can already guess other Hawaii symbols like the state sport, surfing, and the state musical instrument, the ukulele (pronounced “oo”-ku-lay’-lee” not…

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The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The Shaka Sign: One Way Ticket to Spreading Aloha

The shaka has made its home in the hands of surfers around the globe. I’m here to tell you all about where this curious and friendly hand sign claims its origins and how the shaka continues to be relevant today. The shaka sign is a hand gesture that – by the general consensus – holds its origins in sweet Hawaii nei. To make it, all you have to do is make a fist and then stick your thumb and pinky…

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Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

When the sound of Hawaii comes to mind, one tends to think of the soothing rhythms of the ukulele set to the gentle rustling of waves – background music commonly used in elevators, spas, and tropical-themed occasions. While Hawaiian music is often soothing and rhythmic, it is so much more than good background. Music is the very fabric of Hawaiian culture, its humble beginnings rooted in the origins of its people and its later evolution sparked by the arrival and…

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