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The language of my ancestors has been forced into many changes, some out of necessity (i.e.
the expansion of its vocabulary), some out of lack of knowledge and some out of self-righteous motives (prohibition initiated by the missionaries).
Another Hawaiian word which begins with an ‘okina is ‘ohana.
Please check the online Hawaiian/English dictionary at to verify the information I have shared here.
One thing I do know is the correct Hawaiian spelling of the name of the instrument we are all enjoying … The Hawaiian spelling includes the ‘okina (‘) at the beginning.I contacted Aunty Anuhea for permission to reprint her message on this site. As a child the Hawaiian language was never spoken conversationally in our home, the result of prohibition in the mid to late 1800’s.My fluent-speaking grandparents never spoke the language to us, my parents understood it but did not speak it.Please accept my comments here as my sincere and humble effort to contribute to the spread of the correct usage of the Hawaiian language.
This came through my inbox a week ago from one of the ‘ukulele mailing lists I belong to.I read with fascination, as this piece of the Hawaiian language and culture was so beautifully presented by Aunty Anuhea. “I am of Hawaiian ancestry, born and raised in Hawai’i.