Hakalama Extended Pronunciation Tables and Audio Files
Aloha friends, and welcome to Audio Lesson posting 0404P, which lets you practice the “Hakalama” set of Hawaiian sounds by listening to the audio files provided.
The files you will need are listed below; I advise you to get the PDF first. Then, either download or stream the audio files and then learn the sounds as you listen to the speaker. Say them to yourself and follow along. When you are comfortable with following the examples, try to say the set out loud without the speaker’s help. Compare your pronunciation with that of the speaker in the recording. You should even record yourself and compare!
Here are some things to watch out for: (1) the length of the vowels in each word, (2) the ʻokina (glottal-stop) being clearly pronounced, and (3) being sure to keep your vowel sounds very “pure” (that is, not adding any extra vowel sounds or unintentional “glides” between parts of the words). Just try to say them exactly as you hear them in the audio provided and as you see them on the PDF accompanying this lesson.
The value of doing these exercises is that you will immediately be better at pronouncing words in mele (songs and poems), from written documents, and in oli (chant) if you can master the combinations presented in this lesson. That will extend quickly to being able to speak clearly in Hawaiian also later on.
These are by no means all the possible combinations of consonants and vowels in the Hawaiian language; but this set does offer a quick and easy way to practice those combinations which occur frequently in Hawaiian words including place names and people’s names.
The traditional Hakalama set of sounds created by the American missionaries in the early 1820s is fairly short. I have added to it a little here for you to be able to practice more combinations of sounds; I call them the “Hakalama Extended Sets”. Audio downloads are available to members only.
Hakalama Extended Set Audio Files
PDF File of all Hakalama to print
Listen to the following audio files of Kaliko’s “Extended Sets” of Hakalama. (Each may take a few seconds to load after you press play.)
Note: if you do not see any audio files above, your browser may be old and/or does not support HTML5 audio. Please use the following links to download and play.
Download Links for Members (right-click to download for offline use)
You can download these files for offline use and play them on your computer (in iTunes for example). Then put them on your own portable devices and listen to them on the go. Or just click the link and stream them right to your device from this webpage if you prefer. Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy these little exercises in pronunciation. They represent the first steps in learning to speak Hawaiian!