The Hawaiian Alphabet

(Note: This song won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2011 in the Children’s Catepory – which makes me happy because I LOVE the BEATLES!)

A E I O U
Heh, keh, la, moo noo, pee, vay (H,K,L,M,N,P,W)
Okina oh-oh
Okina oh-oh
A E I O U
Heh, keh, la, moo noo, pee, vay (H,K,L,M,N,P,W)
Okina oh-oh
Okina

If you want to know a little bit
About the Hawaiian language oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
They got 5 open vowels and 7

Magical musical consonants oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
And there’s a little stop called an okina
Sounds like the space between aa- ee- ii – oo- uu

CHORUS

The Hawaiian language has a long
Complicated history oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
The people with pens tried to write it all down
To them it was it was a mystery
oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

And we can practice by saying the Hawaiian word for triggerfish
It goes “Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa”
(Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa)

Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa
(Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa)

And we can practice by saying the Hawaiian word for delicious
It’s “ono” (ONO) “ono” (ONO ono)
chorus

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