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Monday, November 21, 2011

Hawaiian Names...What is your name in Hawaiian?

Hawaiian Names

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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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