Hawaiian love poem

Aniani

'O ka'u mele no ka 'oi

Kou mako i ke aniani

Akā e wiki 'oe no ka mea e koli'i ana

'O hope loa ka'u aloha ia'oe au.

Translated into Hawaiian by Steiner
'O ka'u mele no ka 'oi kou mako i ke aniani Akā e wiki 'oe no ka mea e koli'i ana 'O hope loa ka'u aloha ia'oe au.

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Little love poetry translated into Hawaiian (Hawaïan, Hawai’i), to surf the image of an I love you built like a foam wave. The Hawaiian of my poem is the indigenous language of Hawaii Island of where it is an official language. The Hawaiian is a Marquesan language, since the Hawaiians arrived from Tahiti around the year 1000.

Hawaiian is considered one of the most musical languages in the world, containing only the 5 vowels and seven consonants. The paucity of consonants, plus the facts that every Hawaiian syllabe and word ends in a vowel, produces curious renditions of certain english expressions, such as the Hawaiian equivalent of "Merry Christmas" (Mele Kelikimaka). Perhaps the best known Hawaiian word is aloha, meaning "love", but also used both for "hello" and "good bye".

It was Cook expedition, in 1778 who first transcribed a bit of Hawaiian, with the missionaries and colonization that followed, the writing (Latin alphabet), is introduced and later appears, the creation of newspapers, its teaching, and the transcription of the oral literature. Until the 19th century, the entire population of Hawaii spoke the language, but with the massive emigration, annexation and the restriction policy, it will totally regress, in favor of a Creole with English.

Hawaians have seen recently their language in great danger. After annexation by the united states, the teaching of the Hawaiian becomes forbidden, a creole develops. It is not until the 1960s that there is a rebirth of the language, and in 1978 it is recognized as an official language. There would be no more than 1000 people (elders), who would speak it as the main language, most of them are on the island of Ni'ihau, and with the revitalization and its learning at school, 3000 people would master this Hawaiian rather different.

Hawaii and hawaiian art

Hawaii "the Pacific navel" is made up of very green islands. The Hawaiian Islands are a very productive artistic province. The sculptures of Hawaiian wooden deities are astonishingly realistic. Feathers of different colors are also used, fixed on a sort of wickerwork, to represent the grimacing head of the god of the War. They are also used to decorate ceremonial garments. Tourism and sugar cane are two of the island resources. From the fine sand beaches to the top of active volcanoes, Hawaii's legendary seduction attracts tourists from around the world. It is the 50th state of the union, people are also coming from all over the world, for its giant waves that make it the surfers paradise.
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