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  • noun Alternative spelling of okina.


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  • About Hawaiian diacritical marks.

    The Hawaiian language uses two diacritical markings. The ‘okina is a glottal stop, similar to the sound between the syllables of "oh-oh." In print, the correct mark for designating an ‘okina is the single open quote mark. The kahako is a macron, which lengthens and adds stress to the marked vowel. For example 'pau,' depending on placement of ‘okina and kahako, can mean completed, smudge, moist or skirt.

    The State of Hawai‘i and University of Hawai‘i strongly encourage use of Hawaiian diacritical markings.

    March 2, 2020