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IF you're looking for a pink kitty app that pronounces "hamburger or hot dog" in a haole intonation you're in the wrong spot: The native speaker, (James Ka‘upena Wong), a chanter who studied hula and chants from the late Tom Hiona and aspects of Hawaiian culture from Dr. Donald D. Kilolani Mitchell and Hawaiian scholar, Mary Kawena Pukui is a recognized Hawaiian cultural icon of Hawai‘i, and has been honored as a "Living Teasure of Hawai‘i" (1982) and winner of Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts (2004), National Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts (2005), and recipient of the Kukui o Lota Award (2012)
On March 18, 2011 Speak Hawaiian Phrases version 1.1, for iPhone®, iPod®, and iPad® and iOS, was released in the iTunes® App Store. It’s geared towards visitors, students, or anyone interested in learning a little Hawaiian simply by browsing with a flick of the finger through approximately 200 alphabetical entries in tabular scrolling format.
Tap an Hawaiian Phrase and hear native speaker Ka‘upena Wong pronounce it on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Ka‘upena is a National Endowment for the Arts national heritage fellowship winner celebrating artistic excellence and cultural authenticity and diversity.
Hawaiian phrases are presented along with definitions, proper Hawaiian diacritics and the correct audio pronunciation when touched.
Version 1.1 features a touch index to jump quickly between phrase sections that begin with a particular alphabetical letter. It also supports autorotation.

Luka taps his way along to learn a little Hawaiian on the iPad.
Fun for the whole family
For pronunciation try to remember to sound every letter of Hawaiian individually. A is "uh" as in above or "ah" as in father, E is "eh" as in bed (soft) or "ay" as in they, I is "ee" as in police, O is "oh" as in vote, U is "oo" as in true. The glottal stop (‘okina) is an interruption as in "oh-oh."
For more help with pronunciation see our other Hawaii App with audio, Speak Hawaiian Place Names.
For a handy Hawaiian Pocket reference and dictionary with thousands of words consider the Touch Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary .
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