Kuapo ʻŌlelo
Hawaiian Hawaii & English

‘OKINA: Word Drill

Read the following Hawaiian words as they are pronounced. Can you hear the difference between a word that has an ‘okina and one that does not? How does an ‘okina feel in your throat? How would you describe the way an ‘okina is sounded?

pea avocado pe‘a sail
kua backhu‘a bubble
kui to sew ku‘i to punch
koa kind of tee mo‘a cooked
koe left overko‘e worm
wao wilderness ha‘o to miss
poi kind of food po‘i to cover
wai fresh waterpa‘i to slap
sailka‘a car
ke ala the pathke ‘ala the fragrance

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