Hawaiian Alphabet – How Many Letters?

how many letters are in the hawaiian alphabet

How Many Letters Are In The Hawaii Alphabet?

In the early 19th century, American missionaries in Hawaii needed to formulate a coherent way to communicate with natives.  They needed to print bibles as well.  They proceeded to adapt the English language and come up with the Hawaiian Alphabet.  As early as 1821 a gentleman named Hiram Bingham was using macrons.  That might leave you SMH

The Hawaiian Alphabet only contains 12 letters: a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p and w. Every word ends with a vowel. A glottal stop is also used, called an \’okina (meaning cutting, \’oki meaning cut and na meaning -ing). It used to be called an \’u\’ina (meaning snap).  We wonder how this alphabet plays out on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok.

Instructional guides are available to help with using and speaking the hawaiian alphabet.  

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15 Comments on “Hawaiian Alphabet – How Many Letters?”


  2. I guess Morgan meant to know if you can pronounce letters like C, D, F, G, … that you don’t have in your language. I thought in Hawai they speak English!!

  3. Hawai’i has two official languages, Hawaiian and English. It is a branch of the Polynesian language and is very similar to the Maori and Tahitian vocabulary. And no, you do no pronounce letters such as C, D, etc. Every word ends in a vowel and no two consonants are in a row. Many words and even sentences contain only vowels, such as E i ae oe iaia (Speak thou to him there). Many words have several meaning, such as aloha (hello, goodbye, to love) and many words in English require several Hawaiian words, such as across (Mai kekahi aoao a i kekahi aoao ae).
    Some place names in Hawai’i include Haleakala = house of the sun
    hale – house
    a – of
    ka – the
    la – sun
    Other common words include:
    mahalo = thank you
    pau = to end, to be done
    hula = dance
    maka = eye
    kapu = sacred, prohibited
    wai = water
    keiki = child
    Some sentences :
    Pahea la oukou i ike ai ia mea? = How do you know that?
    And Hawaii’s state motto
    Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. = The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

  4. Actually there are 18 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet they are a,e,i,o,u,h,k,l,m,n,p,w,’
    also you have the vowels with the kahako over them they are also seperate letters of the alphabet because they change the word, like the kahako, the okina is an actual letter in the Hawaiian apiapa

  5. Thats a bunch a ****in bullshit. Learn real history. It’s not hard. Ever heard of google? .

  6. iouka iz right 🙂 wow. i didnt realize your comment wuz even right tha fuk there. thank u for proving my point 🙂

  7. rutvi vadera wrote: #
    how do you spell certain words like bus ??????????

    We have different words for “bus” in Hawaiian.

    a “ka?a ??hua” is a car that carries many passengers, and can be used to mean “bus.”

    The word “ka’a” on its own means “car.”

  8. Languages are nothing more than programmed mathematical codes designed to generalise the peoples who speak them eg : Germans have no sense of humour and are warlike , hence their gift for mechanical engineering – to build weapons of war ( very deliberate !) Obviously all peoples because of their languages have their programmes , that is why England decided to create a melting pot of people in America , to free the Human Race from themselves and whoever ruled them ( your choice of who it is !)

  9. I live in Hawaii now and let me tell you the language is nothing compared to the total lack of knowledge these people have, not to mention the terrible traffic and the fact that they finish every sentence with the word “yea”, wtf is that??

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