Hawaiian Language Online
About Hawaiian diacritical marks
The Hawaiian language uses two diacritical markings. The okina is a glottal stop, similar to the sound between the syllables of "oh-oh." In print, the correct mark for designating an okina is the single open quote mark. The kahako is a macron, which lengthens and adds stress to the marked vowel. For example 'pau,' depending on placement of okina and kahako, can mean completed, smudge, moist or skirt.
The State of Hawaii and University of Hawaii strongly encourage use of Hawaiian diacritical markings. (See UH Style Guide.) Technology, however, is still catching up.
Choose the level of Hawaiian font display
Depending on your browser, operating system and installed fonts, you may be able to display Hawaiian diacritical marks. If not, they will generally appear as boxes or question marks. In that case, you can choose either to use a foot mark (') as an approximation of the okina or display text without diacritical marks.
Your setting selection will be maintained for this browser and this session only.
- Display no diacritical markings
- Use the footmark () for the okina, but do not display macrons
- Show all diacritical markings
Click on the links above and watch the demo text below change. If you see boxes instead of diacritical marks, you do not have the fonts installed and should turn off the diacritical option for your session.
Hawaiian language demo
The University of Hawaii System consists of 10 campuses, 7 community colleges and 3 university level campuses. The Manoa campus, on the island of Oahu, is the flagship campus with more than 18,000 students enrolled.
Ua haku ia ke Kualono e ka Hale Kuamoo, Ke Kulanui o Hawaii ma Hilo e kakoo ai i na kaiaulu olelo Hawaii a puni ke ao. Oiai, ma ka olelo Hawaii ka hapanui o na ike, he mau palapala olelo Pelekane no hoi ko loko no ka poe hoihoi i ke ao ana i ka olelo Hawaii a i ole no ka poe hoihoi i ka hoonaauao ia no ka olelo oiwi o Hawaii nei a me ka holomua o ka olelo Hawaii.