Macrons, Word Stress, and Articles (OOVC-CH1 2020-10-26)

In this video lesson, Kaliko explains “macrons” (the small lines often written above vowelsand called “kahakō” in Hawaiian), penultimate word stress and how to pronounce Hawaiian words, as well as some simple articles such as “a”, “that”, “this”, and “the” which are called “kaʻi” in Hawaiian.

Note that I originally called the video “Kahakō, Kaʻi, and Memeʻa” but a few minutes after class started, we veered off course and I ended up talking about word stress, which actually was a great topic to approach at this time! So although we got to the part about “kaʻi” (articles), we never made it to my final intended point (“memeʻa” content words), so that topic will be left for another day.

Video Outline

  1. Macrons (kahakō) are the lines written above a vowel only
  2. Word Stress in Hawaiian
  3. Showing primary word stress with examples
  4. Introduction to Hawaiian “Kaʻi” (articles)
  5. he, kēlā, kēia, ka, ke
  6. The “KEAO” rule for “ka” and “ke”

Length: 53 minutes

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  1. Class notes by kumu Kaliko (PDF)
  2. Kaʻi & Memeʻa Lesson Sheet (PDF)

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