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Hawaiian Language Primer
Martyn Kahekili Carruthers - A hui hou

Online Huna & Ho'oponopono . Hawaiian Shamanism

After nearly 200 years of ha'ole repression, the Hawaiian language is coming back from the edge of extinction. There are a growing number of Hawaiian-language pre-schools and Hawaiian-immersion schools on Hawaii.

Huna Kalani . Ho'oponopono . Huna Healing & Ohana . Soul Mentorship . Awaiku

The Hawaiian language was not a written language until it was recorded by the early missionaries, who simplified the language, making a written structure with only 13 letters - 5 vowels and 8 consonants. More complex sounds were ignored or forgotten and many are now considered lost.

You can easily pronounce Hawaiian names if you remember:

  1. Every syllable ends in a vowel, e.g., Ho-no-lu-lu, not Hon-o-lulu.
  2. Give vowels a German sound rather than English, e.g., "e" equals "a," and "i" equals "e," and
    "a" is sounded like "a" in "father."
Hawaiian Vowels Hawaiian Consonants
a = ah (as in can)

e = ay (not ee - as in laid)

i = ee (as in keep)

o = oh ( as in coca cola)

u = oo (as in coop, not cup)

' = ' (as in li'l, not little)

H, K, L, M, N, P are mostly pronounced as in English; and W has a soft V sound.

A ' indicates a missing letter (as in oh-oh)

A line over a vowel shows a longer sound.

Emphasize the next-to-last syllable.

Make a tiny uh in place of a k sound
Hoko becomes ho'o

You can practice saying the names of the islands (Hawai'i, Maui, O'ahu, Moloka'i, Kaua'i, Lana'i and Ni'ihau. Next repeat the names of towns such as Hilo, Kona, Waimea, Honoka'a and Kealakekua. Then Holualoa, Kawaihae and Pu'uhonua Honauanau and even Anaeho'omalu can just roll off your tongue.

As you drive around Hawai'i, notice the names of villages, volcanoes and churches etc - and use a Hawaiian dictionary to try to "catch" their meanings. Most longer Hawaiian words are a series of much shorter words - Waikaloa for example becomes Wai-ka-loa or water - sun - big.

Maybe learn the names of some of the older Hawaiian gods and demigods (akua), and notice how often Hawaiian place names mention the old gods.

Some Hawaiian Words

Hawaiian English
  1. Aloha
  2. E komo mai
  3. Pehea 'oe
  4. Maika'i
  5. Mahalo
  6. A hui hou
  7. Kane
  8. Wahine
  9. Keiki
  10. Kupuna
  11. Mea'ai
  12. Wai
  13. Lu'au
  14. 'Ono
  15. Mauka
  16. Makai
  17. Kapu
  18. A hui hou
  1. Hello, Goodbye, love
  2. Welcome
  3. How are you?
  4. Fine, well, good
  5. Thank you
  6. Until we meet again
  7. man
  8. woman
  9. child
  10. grandparent, trusted elder
  11. food
  12. fresh water
  13. Hawaiian feast
  14. delicious
  15. toward the mountains
  16. towards the sea
  17. taboo - keep out - sacred
  18. until we meet again

Some Hawaiian words often used in ho'oponopono (Hawaiian family therapy) are:

Aloha - love, greeting Hihia - entanglement Kumu - teacher 'Ohana - extended family
'Aumakua - family god Ho'ohiki - promise Mahiki - to peel off Pilikia - trouble, problem
Haku - leader Kahuna - expert Mihi - apologize Pule - pray, prayer
Hala - fault, error, sin Kala - wash, forgive Noho - possession Wehe wehe - to untie

Perhaps learn and practice this old chant for abundance and prosperity ...

Mele Kualiu - A Prayer for Abundance
Hawaiian English

E Laka, e!
Pupu we'uwe'u e, Laka e!
E Laka i ka leo;
E Laka i ka loa'a;
E Laka i ka waiwai;
E Laka i na mea a pau!

O Laka!
Bouquet of the wild woods, O Laka!
O Laka, queen of voice!
O Laka, giver of gifts!
O Laka, giver of bounty!
O Laka, giver of all things!

Aloha a hui hou kakou

Ho'oponopono . Huna, Healing and Ohana . Kumulipo . Aumakua

Pronunciation of Hawaiian Words by Kaleo

The thing that bothers me is the pronunciation of Hawaiian words. Its about time we promote the Hawaiian culture correctly. We have always been a destination of paradise but now we have become known for producing a very prominent person in the world, our President! I just think that with more people listening we should come correct with HOW we say things.

So the first thing I would really like to see a small change in how we pronounce our state name. Hawaii. It should be spelled with an 'okina between the two "I"s. This is where a glottal stop takes place, like "Uh-oh" or "Bitter" or "Mitten". Secondly its most often mispronounced Hawae and if we're lucky Hawai. So to clarify further I can best associate the WAI in Hawai'i as the WY in Wyoming. Therefore it should be Ha (like the A in Washington) wai (like the WY in Wyoming) - i (like the separation that occurs between "Uh-oh").

Another word mispronounced is Honolulu, often sounding like Hanalulu or Honalulu. But indeed it is Ho (like o in sole) no (like o in sole) lu (like oo in moon) lu (like oo in moon). Listen to Amy Kalili! Particularly the traffic reporters should brush up on their pronunciation. or Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert for reference. I'll be listening for the change! ;)

Mahalo nui,

hopeful Kaleo

Ma ka hana ka 'ike.
Knowledge is gained by doing.

Huna Kalani Workshops

E komo mai. Welcome.
We teach in many countries - usually on secluded beaches, forests or parks.
We can meet and work online - or in beautiful places.

We bring this wisdom to the world under the name of Huna Kalani.
Do you want to heal your life? We seek people who wish to bring back this ancient magic.

Huna Kalani provides an experiential introduction to old Hawaiian healing. People can experience the beauty and power of Huna Kalani in a series of workshops that can expand their perception of reality. Hawaiian magic refers to a technology that few understand. Within this old healing magic are some of the roots of the systemic magic of Soulwork systemic coaching.

Training in Hawaiian Shamanism
Huna 1 Bringing Down the Sun: Ho'oponopono & Ho'omanamana
Huna 2 Elements of Nature: Honua, Ha, Ahi & Wai
Huna 3 Dreamtime: Ho'omoe, Moe Uhane & Expanded Consciousness
Huna 4 Advanced Huna: Awaiku, I'o, and Kumulipo
Huna 5 Huna Experience in Croatia, Mexico or on Hawaii

Online Huna Coaching & Ho'oponopono

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 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
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