Cooljugator: The Smart Conjugator in Hawaiian

We want to make Hawaiian conjugation easy, smart and straightforward.

You can input verbs into the Cooljugator bar above in any form, tense or mood in both Hawaiian and English. The Hawaiian Cooljugator can currently conjugate around 290 verbs. We suggest you try it out.

Common Hawaiian verbs

If you run out of ideas, some common Hawaiian verbs:

You can also find the full Hawaiian verbs list Cooljugator can conjugate.

The Hawaiian language

Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) is a Polynesian language spoken in Hawaai by up to some 25 thousand people. It was spoken in Hawaai, which has been part of the United States since in 1898. Polynesians dominated the islands before English-speaking settlers occupied and settled the territory. It is now one of the two official languages spoken in Hawaii - the other one being English, of course. However, a pidgin version of English is also spoken, albeit unoficially, and known as Hawaiian pidgin.

Hawaiian is closely related of the other languages of the Polynesian family, including Maori (which is available on Cooljugator too!), Tahitian, Marquesan, Samoan, Tongan and others. While the languages are not mutually intelligible, interesting similarities exist between them: 'aroha' (Maori), 'aloha' (Hawaiian), and 'alofa' (Samoan) all mean the same thing - love. Further, Hawaiian 'wahine' and Maori 'wahine' also mean the same thing - 'woman'. Or, for another examples, a house is 'hale' in Hawaiian and 'whare' in Maori; sky is 'lani' in Hawaiian and 'rangi' in Maori. This also hints to changes in sounds: for example, Hawaiian is likely to use 'l' where Maori uses 'r'. The same seems to hold true for 'k' - 't': Hawaiian will use 'k' where Maori uses 't'. Or, Hawaiian will use a glottal stop in place of the Maori 'k'. Hawaiian will also use an 'h' in place of the Maori 'wh', and an 'n' in place of the Maori 'ng'.

Hawaii has a long an interesting history, both before and after it was visited by Captain James Cook in 1778. The Hawaiian islands were unified by king Kamehameha I (yes, the name of the attack from the anime Dragon Ball was actually named after him!!). Hawaiian first appeared in written form in the early nineteenth century in a version of the Latin alphabet developed by missionaries, who started visiting the Hawaiian islands from around 1815 or so. Importantly for the language, the Hawaiian King Kamehameha III established the first Hawaiian-language constitution in 1839 and 1840. The annexation of Hawaii initially resulted in a ban of the language, but the ban was later lifted and Hawaiian made an official language in 1978.

Hawaiian is predominantly a V-S-O (verb, subject, object) language. Moreover, as it may be evident from the above, Hawaiian has an interesting phonology. For example, in it, a consonant is always followed by a vowel. Moreover, all Hawaiian words end in a vowel. For this reason, Hawaiian is considered to be quite clear in terms of pronunciation and it has become a popular source of names for products.

About Hawaiian conjugation

As it is common for Polynesian languages, Hawaiian does not have verbs themselves change for person, tense, mood or aspect - therefore, it is sometimes suggested that it does not have conjugation. However, the grammatical function of verbs is still marked by particles adjacent to them. Moreover, their relative positions indicate grammatical categories, such as aspect, tense or mood. For example, 'e + verb + ana' indicates a progressive/imperfective pattern (just like it does in Maori, which is also on our Cooljugator), or 'ua + verb' indicates a perfective aspect. Just click on any verb to find out more about how this works.

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