Pronunciation of Hawaiian Place Names

For centuries, Native Hawaiians had their own names for the places around them. These names were passed down through a rich oral tradition in stories and everyday communication. Many of these place names are used in traditional and non-traditional ways. Regardless, using these names can actually help to preserve a language and restore a culture.

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Haleakalā National Park

Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Sources used for this group of place names come from Place Names of Hawaiʻi: Revised and Expanded Edition by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert, Esther H. Moʻokini.

Last updated: March 8, 2023