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Hawaiian Names: What is your name in Hawaiian?

Hula Performance for Oahu Wedding at Loulu Palm Estate, Photo by Sealight Studios

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How to Hawaiianize your name: There are two ways to determine the Hawaiian equivalent of your  name.  The first is to determine the  meaning of your name and then obtain the Hawaiian word for that meaning.  The second, and the most common, is by the  process of transliteration — that is, to replace the letters in the English  name with Hawaiian letters.  This is not  so easy since, as noted above, Hawaiian only has twelve letters.

So here is the formula:

Replace B, F, P  with P Replace C, D, G, J, K, Q, S, T, X, Z   with K Replace H with H Replace N with N Replace L, R with L Replace V, W with W Replace Y with I

Vowels remain the same.  Also be  sure to separate all consonants with a vowel.   For example, Barbara would be PALAPALA because there must be a vowel  between the “r” and “b” in Barbara.

HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO WEBSITES THAT OFFER INFORMATION ON HAWAIIAN  NAMES:

http://www.hawaiicity.com/hawaiian_name.htm

http://www.hisurf.com/hawaiian/names.html

http://www.20000-names.com/female_hawaiian_names.htm

 

 

 

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