Ka Hakalama Hou Ka Hakalama Hou

Ka Hakalama Hou was created by Seth Van Middlesworth as an alternative way to write Hawaiian. It is a syllablic alphabet or abugida in which the symbols represent a consonant plus a vowel or an individual vowel. As Hawaiian has only a small number of phonemes, a syllabic script like this could be a more efficient way to write it than the Latin alphabet. The name Ka Hakalama Hou means 'The New Syllabary' in Hawaiian.

Notable features

Ka Hakalama Hou

Ka Hakalama Hou

Alphabet chart based on one by Mattias Persson


The letter a is pronounced [æ/a/ɐ/ə], e is pronounced [ɛ/e/i], k is pronounced [t] or [k], l is pronounced [l], [ɾ] or [ɹ], p is pronounced [p] or [b] and w is pronounced [w] or [v].

Sample text

Sample text in the Ka Hakalama Hou


Hānau kū'oko'a 'ia nā kānaka apau loa, a ua kau like ka hanohano a me nā pono kīvila ma luna o kākou pākahi. Ua ku'u mai ka no'ono'o pono a me ka 'ike pono ma luna o kākou, no laila, e aloha kākou kekahi i kekahi.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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