Pī‘āpā Hou is an alternative alphabet for Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) invented by Ben Norton. The name Pī‘āpā Hou means “new alphabet” in Hawaiian. It can also be used to write other Polynesian languages, such as Tahitian or Māori.
It is based on the Latin alphabet conventionally used for writing Hawaiian, and therefore includes kahakō (a macron which indicates long vowels) as well as the ‘okina (a phonemic glottal stop). However, the letters themselves were inspired by shapes found in nature upon the inventor’s first visit to the island of Kauai‘i.
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)
I luna lā i luna
Nā manu o ka lewa
I lalo lā, i lalo
Nā pua o ka honua
I uka lā, i uka
Nā uku lā‘au
I kai lā, i kai
Nā i‘a o ka moana
Ha‘ina mai la puana
A he nani ke ao nei
Up, up above
Birds fly in the sky
Flowers of the earth
Upland, up in the uplands
The grove of trees
In the sea, the sea
The fishes of the ocean
Tell the refrain
Of this beautiful world
A Hawaiian children's song. Source: https://www.huapala.org/Ke/Ke_Ao_Nani.html
A song in Hawaiian with subtitles in Pī‘āpā Hou
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