Kuapo ʻŌlelo
Hawaiian Hawaii & English

‘OKINA

The eighth consonant in the Hawaiian alphabet is called the ‘okina, ‘u‘ina or glottal stop. The symbol for the ‘okina is a single open quote (‘). The vertical mark (') found in some type fonts for the single open quote can also be used for the ‘okina. The apostrophe (’) is not an acceptable symbol for the ‘okina because it serves a different function.

The missionary writing of Hawaiian did not always mark the ‘okina, probably because the glottal stop does not occur in written English. Some words which have the ‘okina are:

Moloka‘i name of an island
pua‘a pig
he‘e squid
O‘ahu name of an island

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