These 13 Towns In Hawaii Have Some Pretty Odd Names
By Megan Shute|Updated on July 07, 2023(Originally published July 06, 2023)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
In Hawaii, we don’t necessarily view our town names as odd but it takes most visitors a while to become familiar with the pronunciation of the names of many Hawaiian cities, villages, and towns. These Hawaiian town names are some of the most interesting and unusual that we’ve come across during our travels throughout the islands.
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Other funny town names, odd, or hard-to-pronounce Hawaiian city names include Ah Fong Village, Chin Chuck, Elevenmile Homestead, Happy Valley, Kaneohe, and Pepeekeo. Have you visited any of these places? Let us know in the comments below!
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How old is the Hawaiian language?
The islands of Hawaii were formed over 3.4 million years ago, but the first record of the Hawaiian language we have is in 1778. But we know the language is much older than this! The oral language was most likely spoken in the islands for many hundreds, if not thousands, of years prior.
Do people still speak the Hawaiian language?
Absolutely! But it is critically endangered, according to UNESCO. The Hawaiian language was banned for many years, resulting in just over 26,000 native Hawaiian speakers on this day.