How do you pronounce Kauai?

Old Dec 28th, 2001, 01:37 PM
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How do you pronounce Kauai?

OK, I know that this is a Stupid question (with a capital "S"), but I'm the type of guy who does all researching and planning for travel online, and I don't really talk to anybody about where I'm going.

As a result, I have no idea how to pronounce Kauai.

Can somebody help me?
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 01:46 PM
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I say Ka-why, Hawaiians pronounce it Kah-wa-ee!
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 01:47 PM
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KA-vie-EEE

and you're Velcome
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 02:34 PM
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There is no "V" sound in Kauai! It's pronounced like "cow eye" for mainlanders and "Cow-ah-ee" for locals.
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 04:43 PM
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It's hard to write the way the locals pronounce it but it's kind of like

Kuwhyee

Short u with emphesis on the "why" sound and spoken quickly rather than languishing at each sylable.

 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 04:50 PM
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Po-tato, po-tahto, to-matoe, to-mahto - let's call the whole thing off!
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 05:48 PM
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NO ONE, and I do mean absolutely no one, ever pronounces it "cow eye", whoever said that above.
Say "cow eye" only if you're wearing a hat that says "dork" on the front.
 
Old Dec 28th, 2001, 07:37 PM
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Take my word for it....ka-whyee
 
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 05:40 AM
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Ruby
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yes, it is ka-whyee

trust me
 
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 06:59 AM
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kal
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Alooohaaa...uno mas, amigos y amigas de Fodors!

I pronounce it "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"!

Have a very Happy New Year celebration. You all know I will!

Mahalo,
Kal
 
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 12:06 PM
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So it rhymes with Hawaii? Or are the accents on different syllables?
 
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 06:06 PM
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exactly Lori... it rhymes with Hawaii...what a simple answer
 
Old Dec 30th, 2001, 01:41 AM
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Here is a List of Common Mispronunciations that includes 'Kaua`i':
http://www.geocities.com/~olelo/wl-mispronunciations.html

http://www.kauaivisitorsbureau.org also has some language info.



http://www.kauaivisitorsbureau.org/
 

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