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Word of the Day 11/18/15 Mauka

Mauka (adverb)
mauka [mah-oo-kuh]

adverb, Hawaii.
1. toward the mountains; inland.

Origin: < Hawaiian, equivalent to ma- directional particle + uka inland, upland

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.


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Nov. 18th, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
Cool word although they have the pronunciation incorrect- or at least as I remember the folks on Maui pronounced it minus the middle part - so mah-kuh . although the mah - sounded like mao (ao = how) - i suck at writing phonetics - but think Mao (as in the chinese ruler of fame) + ka (kuh)

Edited at 2015-11-18 01:02 pm (UTC)
Nov. 18th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hawaiian is similar to Maori (Maori came to NZ from the ancestral lands of Hawaiki, and they have the same DNA base), and I would say yes, you'd be correct with the Mao-ka sort of pronounciation. Enunciated fully, the pronounciation given here would be correct, but they are typically short vowels and are therefore normally said more like one syllable. ;-)
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