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Havai'i - Savai'i

A Havai'i - Savai'i theory is that Hawai'i, often pronounced Havai'i by Hawai'ians, is named after the Big Island of Hawai'i which in turn was named after the Big Island of Samoa, Savai'i.

With a strong connection among Polynesian languages like Hawai?ian and Samoan we can match place names of islands and villages and establish theorizes of Polynesian Migration. We do this with the translations between the languages with interchangeable letters.

S and H

The "S" in Samoan language can be transferred as "H" in other Polynesian languages. The largest Island in Samoa is Savai'i now when the "H" is in place of the "S" we have voyagers that named the new "Big Island" in this northern chain Havai'i now spelled as Hawai'i. Hamoa, Maui located near Hana is another way to say Samoa

W to V

Although spelled with a "w" Hawai'ians will pronounce the name of the island and state as if it was spelled with a "v", Havai'i. In French Polynesia the island of Raiatea was known as "Havai'i" which was likely named after Savai'i, Samoa when the Polynesian settlers voyaged east.

Also on the "Big Island" of Havai'i there is an area in the northwest Kohala coast named "Upolu" which is the second largest Island of Samoa.

T and K

Hawai'i uses "K" and when using "T" in the Hawai'ian language it is referred to as the "old way" Samoan language uses the "T" but informally in some conversation will use "k" Samoans refer to the "k" as the old way and that the missionaries thought it to be more formal of them to speak and write with "T".

Besides the name Havai'i itself coming from Savai'i other locations in Havai'i that share names with Samoa is Ka'u on the big island of Hawaii is a district near the Kilauea volcano. Ta'u is located in the Manu'a Islands of Samoa. Kula Maui is also the same name as the village of Tula, on the Island of Tutuila Amerika Samoa.

K and '

Besidnes the "T" and "K" being transferable, Polynesian languages often have a "k" in place of he glottal stop. For example Nuku'alofa in Tonga would be translated to Samoan as Nu'u'alofa. Around Polynesia the Manu'a of Samoa are also known as Manuka.

On the Big Island of Havai'i in the Ka'u district is an area known as Manuka, Manuka Beach / Manuka Bay.

F and H, N and G

With translating the "F" into "H" like Hawaiian 'Hale' (house) and Samoan Fale (house) and the "N" into "G" like Hawaiian word 'Nalu' (an ocean wave) Samoan word 'Galu' (an ocean wave). Hawaiian word Mauna (mountain) and Samoan word Mauga (mountain) one can even stretch as far as theorizing that Hawaiians using 'Hana' as a village name of Maui and 'Faga' as a village name of Savai'i the links between the two names as prefixes to village names in both Samoa and Hawaii.

These village names with the Hana prefix in Hawaii include: Hanalei Hanapepe and Hanamaulu. Village names of Samoa with the prefix 'Faga' include Fagatogo, Faga'alu, Fagaitua, Fagasa, Fagali'i, Fagamalo.