Kuapo ʻŌlelo
Hawaiian Hawaii & English


A symbol that was not used in missionary writing is the kahakō or macron. The kahakō indicates that the vowel over which it is placed is drawn out, and, therefore, that it is a long vowel in Hawaiian. Some words which have the kahakō are:

Kaimukī a place on O‘ahu
kālā money
pūpū food, snack with drinks
hūhū angry
kānē man
pā‘ū a type of dress worn when riding horse

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