Important Things to Know


Why does OMKM spell "Maunakea" as one word?
Category:Hawaiian Culture General 

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Hawaiian Language recommends one word, "Maunakea" as the proper Hawaiian usage. Maunakea is a proper noun—the name of the mountain on the Island of Hawaii. "Mauna Kea" spelled as two words is really referring to any white mountain—it is a common noun (vs. the proper noun).

Another example of a common noun to a proper noun in Hawaiian is "ka pua". Spelled separately it refers to "the flower" or any flower. Spelled as "Kapua", it refers to the "proper name" of someone/something.

For more information, visit the `Imiloa website.

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