Pasefika Hawaiʻian and Polynesian Dictionary


Hawaiʻian to English Dictionary



English Hawaiʻian Sāmoan Tongan Tahitian Māori Scientific
Compass 191.25° SbW Haka Kona Haka Whakarunga SbW 191.25°
Compass 337.5° NNW Nā Leo Hoʻolua Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Tokelau Tokelauhihifo Mohio Ngā Reo Whakararo NNW 337.5°
Compass 202.5° SSW Nā Leo Kona Saute Saute i Sisifo Tonga Tongahihifo ʻĀrueroa Ngā Reo Whakarunga SSW 202.5°
Compass 022.5° NNE Nā Leo Koʻolau Mātū Mātū i Sisifo Tokelau TokelauHahake Pāhaʻapiti Ngā Reo Tokerau NNE 22.5°
Compass 157.5° SSE Nā Leo Malanai Saute Saute i Sasaʻe Tonga Tongahake Ngā Reo Marangai SSE 157.5°
Compass 326.25° NWbN Nālani Hoʻolua Ngā Rangi Whakararo NWbN 326.25°
Compass 213.75° SWbS Nālani Kona Ngā Rangi Whakarunga SWbS 213.75°
Compass 033.75° NbNE Nālani Koʻolau Ngā Rangi Tokerau NbNE 33.75°
Compass 146.25° SEbS Nālani Malanai Maraʻaiʻaru Ngā Rangi Marangai SEbS 146.25°
Wave (ocean) Nalu Galu Ngalu ʻAre Ngaru
X-ray Nānā i loko o ke kino Fāʻata Fakaʻata Hohoʻa rātio Whakaahua roto
Question Nīnau Fesili Fehuʻi Uiraʻa Pātai
Coconut Niu Niu Niu Haʻari kokonati Cocos nucifera
Sit Noho Nofo Nofo Noho Noho
Compass 303.75° NWbW Noio Hoʻolua Toʻoʻa Ngoi Whakararo NWbW 303.75°
Compass 236.25° SWbW Noio Kona ʻApatoʻa Ngoi Whakarunga SWbW 236.25°
Compass 056.25° NEbE Noio Koʻolau Hitiʻa o te rā Ngoi Tokerau NEbE 56.25°
Compass 123.75° SEbE Noio Malanai Ngoi Marangai SEbE 123.75°
Great Morinda Noni Nonu Nonu Nono Morinda Citrifolia
November Nowemapa Novema Nōvema Nōvema Noema


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Welcome to the Pasefika Polynesian Dictionary. This dictionary is meant to be a comparative dictionary to quickly view similarities, differences and cognate relationships between words across Polynesian languages. The dictionary includes a format that will display english to polynesian translation into words from Sāmoan, Hawaiʻian, Tongan, Māori, and Tahitian languages.

Most knowledge in Polynesia was communicated and passed on through language, legends, and songs.

The Sāmoan alphabet constists of these letters

Sāmoan written Alphabet: A E F G I L M N O P S T U V (K H R are additonal)

Vowels in Sāmoan language

  • A (ʻA A ʻĀ Ā) - pronounced (ˈä) AAh, like "AAh"
  • E (ʻE E ʻĒ Ē) - pronounced (ˈe) Eh, like net
  • I (ʻI I ʻĪ Ī) - pronounced (ē) EE, like see
  • O (ʻO O ʻŌ Ō) - pronounced (ō) oh, like "Oh"
  • U (ʻU U ʻŪ Ū) - pronounced (u̇(ə)) oo, like oops
  • A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

A glottal stop and/or macron indicate short, normal, long sound and/or a brief pause in the sound of each vowel).

Consonants in Sāmoan language
F G L M N P S T V

Comparison of consonant letters of Sāmoan language to languages of other Polynesian cultures

  • Sāmoa s or f = Aotearoa (Māori) h = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas h = Tahiti h = Tonga h
  • Sāmoa g = Aotearoa (Māori) ng = Hawaiʻi n = Marquesas k = Tahiti = Tonga g
  • Sāmoa l = Aotearoa (Māori) r = Hawaiʻi l = Marquesas = Tahiti r = Tonga l
  • Sāmoa t = Aotearoa (Māori) t = Hawaiʻi k = Marquesas = Tahiti t = Tonga t
  • Sāmoa v = Aotearoa (Māori) w = Hawaiʻi w = Marquesas v = Tahiti v = Tonga v
  • Sāmoa f = Aotearoa (Māori) wh = Hawaiʻi h = Marquesas f or h = Tahiti h or f = Tonga f

The letter K in Sāmoan language

K
The letter K is a consonant than notes the use of the "K" style of Samoan language and/or used for words introduced with translation from other languages.

Additional Consonants in Sāmoan language

H R
Additional consonants (introduced with translation)

Some English letters informally are translated to Sāmoan Language with the use of additional consonants and rarely with vowels.

  • English b = Sāmoan p
  • English c = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English d = Sāmoan t/k
  • English g = Sāmoan t/k or s
  • English j = Sāmoan s or i

In studies of linguistics, Sāmoan language has been catagoriezed within the Austronesian family of languages.

Linguistic classification

  • Austronesian
  • Malayo-Polynesian
  • Oceanic
  • Central Pacific
  • Polynesian
  • Samoic
  • Sāmoan