Figure 4

Sign Photos: Figure 4


This sign appears on the Hilo branch office of Alu Like, a service organization offering a variety of assistance programs to Hawaiian families. As mentioned in the article (“Signs of Identity, Signs of Discord”), both the ‘okina and the apostrophe are used on this sign to indicate the glottal stop. In the word Ho’ona’auao (‘education’) apostrophes are used, while in ‘?pio (‘youth’) the ‘okina is used. The use of the kahak? to mark vowel length in n? (plural definite article) and ‘?pio follows the conventions of the new orthography. When I spoke to a man and a woman in the office, neither was aware of the inconsistencies in the sign and came outside with me to look.

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