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To ensure consistency in spelling (kepela), please follow the following guidelines regarding spelling of Hawaiian words. These guidelines were proposed by ʻAhahui ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in 1978.[1]

  1. E pela i nā hua‘ōlelo me hoʻokahi kepela wale nō.
    Spell every word in one way only.
  2. Mai pela me nā kiko moe.
    Spell without hyphens.
  3. Inā hoʻopuka nā mānaleo i kekahi huaʻōlelo me kekahi mau hua malihini, hiki ke pela me ia mau hua.
    Spell with foreign letters only when the word is consistently pronounced that way by native speakers.
  4. E hoʻokaʻawale i nā ‘inaleo mai ko lākou hua‘ōlelo hope mai.
    Separate prepositions from their following word.
  5. E hoʻohana i hoʻokahi hua‘ōlelo no nā ho‘opōkole ‘ana.
    Use one word for contractions.
  6. E ho‘ohana i /w/ no ka leokanipū ʻo . Mai ho‘ohana i /w/ no ka ‘ōlali.
    Use /w/ to represent the consonant, not the glide.
  7. E hoʻomaʻaka i nā inoa a pau.
    Capitalize all words that are used as names.
  8. Write a compound term as one word if the meaning is not evident from its parts.

KūmoleEdit

  1. Pukui, Mary Kawena and Samuel H. Elbert. Hawaiian Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1986.