Statewide Story Ideas
Useful Technology to Learn Hawaiian
Once forbidden, the Hawaiian language is now one of the state’s official languages (other than English) and is an important part of sustaining the Hawaiian culture. From hotels and street names to the name of the bellman in the hotel lobby, the Hawaiian language is prominently visible and heard throughout Hawaii. But like any foreign language, trying to speak and understand it without any prior knowledge can make you feel like a fish out of water. Now, with the help of a new iPhone app[lication] and an online Hawaiian dictionary, you too can be reading and speaking Hawaiian like a native.
- Speak Hawaiian Places – For only 99 cents, download this iPhone app that provides a list of place names on each island. Users can select a location to view its English translation and hear it pronounced correctly by native Hawaiian speaker Kaupena Wong, who is also a notable Hawaiian chanter and composer. For just $2 more, purchase “Speak Hawaiian Phrases” and learn how to say simple expressions including “Thank you very much” which translates to “Mahalo nui loa” (ma-hah-low new-e low-ah) in Hawaiian.
- Wehewehe.org - Enter this url in any browser on your computer or mobile phone and type in a Hawaiian word to translate into English and vice versa.