Hawaiian Alphabet Lesson

“The Hawaiian Alphabet has only 12 letters in it,” our host said as we drove away from the Kahului Airport and headed to Costco.

A = “ah” sound
E = the long “a” sound
I = the long “e” sound
O = the long “o” sound
U = “oo” as in the word “you”

Consonants: h, k, l, m, n, p, w

Costco Stop
Costco is near the airport. Our hosts stopped there first on the way to their condo. They weren’t the only people with that idea. Costco was packed!

We quickly made meal plans and bought these basics:
• Eggs
• Milk
• Butter
• Breakfast Granola
• Juice
• Fruit
• Frozen Prepared Meals (enough for 4 meals + leftovers)
• 2 Prepared Salad Mixes
• Refrigerated Sandwich fixings
• Bread
• Bottled Water (much cheaper to buy this in bulk)
• Snacks

The condos are equipped with full kitchens. To save on grocery costs, we prepared at least two meals per day (usually breakfast and dinner). Most packaged items cost more since they have to be shipped from the mainland. Our hosts brought a few items from home so they didn’t have to purchase so much on the island. However, bringing those extra items required more suitcases for our hosts.

Their checked bags included:
• Plastic Wrap and bags to store leftovers
• Insulated Lunch Bag
• Salt and Peppershakers
• Grill Seasoning
• Favorite Baking Mix
• Coffee and/or Tea

Our hosts are members of WorldMark by Wyndam. The WorldMark condos are in Kihei across from Kamaole Beach. (Kamaole is divided into 3 beaches. Photos in this blog post are from Kamaole 1.)

It was near sunset when we arrived at the condo. After checking in the room, we checked in with the beach.

Practice your new Hawaiian alphabet skills. Write the pronunciation for Kihei in the comments below. Bonus points if you write Kamaole’s pronunciation, too. Hint: sometimes you pronounce all the vowels, sometimes you don’t.

Until next time . . . Travel Light,

© 2018 SuZan Klassen

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