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"Ikiiki ʻo Heʻeia i ke kau hāʻulelau."

Translation:Heʻeia is humid in the fall.

December 13, 2018



From Wikipedia: Heʻeia is a census-designated place comprising several neighborhoods located in the city and county of Honolulu and the Koʻolaupoko district on the island of Oʻahu north of Kāneʻohe.

i ke kau kupulau = in the spring

i ke kau wela = in the summer

i ke kau hāʻulelau = in the fall

i ke kau hoʻoilo = in the winter


He'eia is also a state park in Kaneohe.


Love the audio! Mahalo!


True. The audio has gotten a LOT better.


Curious, I found the pronunciation of hā`ulelau unexpected. To me the "u" after the okina sounded like an "o" sound, whereas I expected a "u" or "ewe" sound.

Please, can someone help with information on the "u" versus "o" sound after the okina?


From "Spoken Hawaiian" by Samuel H. Elbert (University of Hawaii Press, 1970): Pronunciation of Hawaiian (intro/no page number):" o as in only (malo, malu, pao, pau); u as the oo in moon, with well-rounded lips...

A before i and u sometimes assimilates to e and o: kaikaina is usually keikeina, ikaika is ikeika; mao is sometimes mou.

A is probably shorter before i and u than before e and o...

[I've read that fast-spoken Hawaiian, as with any language, sounds a little different than slowly, carefully enunciated spoken Hawaiian.]


I've noticed when reading the prompts out loud that, if I try to go too fast, my o's and u's start to blend together and sometimes form an "euh" sound. I don't know if this also happens to experienced speakers, but that may explain it, especially since I don't hear an outright "Oh" sound there.

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