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.