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  • In Hawai'i, people who want to stop smoking can receive immediate help by calling the Hawai'i Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

    Hawaii Reporter

  • "For me, this bill represents equal rights for all the people of Hawai'i."

    Hawaii Legislature OKs same-sex civil unions

  • Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Australia, and has served as the Springer Writer-in-Residence at the University of Chicago and the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai'i.

    Women Among Us: Achy Obejas

  • My niece has gone mad for spice cake, so in addition to the Safeway pre-fab punkin pie we had a giant two-layer moist and fluffy cake with yellow-and-orange frosting (that was supposed to be autumnal colors, I think, but she's from Hawai'i; what's she know from falling leaves and their colors?).

    Happy Leftover Day

  • I must say this is the first vacation I have never wanted to come back from, Hawai'i is drop dead gorgeous and I have been someplaces.

    Life on Uncle Merlin's Island

  • Hawai'i will (inevitably, as we pay more for everything out here) have the longest, thus the most expensive to manufacture: the humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpuaʻa.

    You can keep your Jesus Fish, you can keep your Darwin fish. I want one of these for my car.

  • The details of life on Moloka'i came in part from letters and journals in the Hawai'i

    Alan Brennert discusses Honolulu

  • But Honolulu also presents a very different picture of Hawai'i in those "glamour" days.

    Alan Brennert discusses Honolulu

  • Like Rachel Kalama in Moloka'i, Jin is a fictional creation, but is inspired by any number of actual women who emigrated to Hawai'i between 1903 and

    Alan Brennert discusses Honolulu

  • Your protagonist, Jin, is a young Korean woman who comes to Hawai'i as a

    Alan Brennert discusses Honolulu


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  • Good point. Yeah, that would probably explain the spelling. But it wouldn't explain the pronunciation. Why don't we pronounce the glottal stop?

    April 14, 2012

  • I was just reading about Devils Tower for the o-wyoming list--apparently it's a mapmaking convention to ignore apostrophes (and other punctuation) in names (hence "Devils Tower" instead of "Devil's Tower"). Could that have something to do with it?

    April 13, 2012

  • The apostrophe, which represents a glottal stop, is often omitted. I've always figured that that's because English speakers don't really have a concept of a glottal stop, so they overlook it and leave it out.

    But maybe that's an insufficient explanation. Sure, English doesn't have glottal stops, but English also doesn't have the vowel combination /aɪiː/ ("ai-ee") and yet most Americans don't have any trouble pronouncing /həˈwaɪiː/ ("huh-wai-ee").

    If both of these sounds, the glottal stop and the vowel combination, are absent in English, why do English speakers spurn the one and embrace the other?

    September 4, 2010