‘Olelo No’eau

Mai ka ā a ka w.

From A to W.

The alphabet of Hawaiian.

The Hawaiian alphabet (ka pī’āpā Hawai’ i) has only 12 letters:  5 vowels: A, E, I, O, U; 7 consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W.  There are several vowel combinations (dipthongs): ae, ai, ao, au, ei, eu, iu, oi, ou.

Hawaiian words never end with a consonant and never have two consonants together.

Hawaiian uses an okina (reverse apostrophe) and a kohoka (a line over a vowel which indicates that the vowel should be held longer: ā) to help with pronunciation.

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