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How do you pronounce it??

Chesterfield, Mich.
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How do you pronounce it??

I say La-hine-a. My mother in law says La-hane-ya.

What is the correct pronunciation?

Thanks.

Elk Rapids, Michigan
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1. Re: How do you pronounce it??

La-hi-na

Reminds me of an old joke. A guy was going to Hawaii and wanted to know how to pronounce Hawaii, was it Ha-why -e or Ha-vie- e

He found out a person at work had been there so he asked him. He said it was Ha-vie-e...the guy said thanks and the person said.....your velcome.

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2. Re: How do you pronounce it??

Brighton,

LOL! Very funny! You gave me a good laugh to start off the day! Thanks.

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3. Re: How do you pronounce it??

Most people say

Lah high nah.

We need a local ....

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4. Re: How do you pronounce it??

I say La-HINE-a, or La-HIGH-na (those sound the same to me) as well, but I haven't been there yet, just copying the way I hear everyone else say it.

This reminds me. My 9year-old neighbor had to teach me to say Haleakala. I was saying Ha-lay-ah-KAH-lah. She said Ha-lay-AH-kah-la. Just a difference in which syllable is stressed, but it sure sounds different. Is she right?

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5. Re: How do you pronounce it??

Pattie, your M-I-L is wrong but she will continue to pronounce it the way she knows it.

Chesterfield, Mich.
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6. Re: How do you pronounce it??

Julauf, I suppose you are right. Funny thing, she has never ben to Lahaina. She did get to Maui....by cruise ship. She and my FIL and 2 other people(both being travel agents/friends) rented a car on Maui. Well they never got to Lahaina. They were as close as Whaler's Village. They had mistakenly thought Lahaina was WV.

After some time, my MIL told me they couldn't find Lahaina.

Guess I won't be using those travel agents any time soon!

Kihei, Hawaii
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7. Re: How do you pronounce it??

Actually, it is Ha-le-a-ka-LA

Birmingham, Alabama
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8. Re: How do you pronounce it??

The mechanics of it ... ai is a dipthong ... a combination of ah and eee (or perhaps ah and ih) but in any case it ends up making more of an "eye" sound ... say ah-ee together fast and you'll see.

I am not sure the "Y" sound exists in Hawaiian...but I wouldn't swear to it.

La-hane-ya sounds very southern :)

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9. Re: How do you pronounce it??

I've always heard it pronounced La-HIGH-Na.

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10. Re: How do you pronounce it??

As for Haleakala... kaiwahine's already noted the' LA' is the stressed part. For those wondering why and how to tell in the future, notice the macron above the "la" here at Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakala

Notice also that Lahaina does not have the macron.

The macron is a sign of a "long" (phonetically) vowel.