Kahua (Anganiwai)

Kahua is a member of the Southeast Solomonic branch of the Oceanic group of Malayo-Polynesian languages. It is spoken by about 5,200 people in the south of Makira island in Makira-Ulawa Province in the east of the Solomon Islands.

The Kahua language is also known as Anganiwai, Narihua, Wanoni, and Makira island is also known as San Cristobal island or San Cristóbal island.

Kahua alphabet and pronunciation

Kahua alphabet and pronunciation


D, J and L are only used in loanwords.

Download an alphabet chart for Kahua (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. O Jesu ki vi tangara, ki vi: “Mu nunginungi vikê: ‘Vaemamami, igo getego ko God. Gu katora na enoni hato, ke rahesigo. Gu marungigami, Araha.
  2. Vategami me i na ara ni tangiani na ngêra, ge ararigami.
  3. Gu bonotenigi na tasi iamami, renia igami nogamami kami bonotenigi na eraha, na enoni ga katogi tangagami. Ma siana ko naka na heuhungiha ki teharigami.’”

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/589/LUK.11.KCB

Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Some details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Kahua

Information about Kahua | Tower of Babel


Information about Kiribatai

Southeast Solomonic languages

ꞌAreꞌare, Arosi, Gela, Ghari, Kahua, Kwaio, Kwara’ae, Lau, Lengo, Longgu, Oroha, Owa, Sa'a, Santa Cruz, Talise

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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