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Jerryc41
09-17-2018, 06:10 AM
It can't be a coincidence that there is a King Kalakaua and a Kale brand of ukulele.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Kalakaua
https://www.hawaii.com/discover/king-kalakaua-the-merrie-monarch/

WestyShane
09-17-2018, 08:25 AM
Hmmm, interesting theory. It does make one wonder.

Of course, my friend's daughter is named Kala AND she plays uke. So...

Jerryc41
09-18-2018, 10:14 AM
Hmmm, interesting theory. It does make one wonder.

Of course, my friend's daughter is named Kala AND she plays uke. So...

The world of ukulele provides lots of names for kids. :D

70sSanO
09-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Nice theory, but from the Mike Upton on the Kala site...

"Ka-lah,” that’s the sun. Kala is also a type of fish. It’s also slang for money, like cash. It’s kind of hard to describe, but it also can be a prayer of forgiveness. When different Hawaiian tribes were at war, it was part of a peace treaty called the Kala. It was like, they released each other and said, “We’re making peace.” That’s a really loose translation of what it is, but I liked the thought of forgiveness and peace.

John

WestyShane
09-19-2018, 11:22 AM
The world of ukulele provides lots of names for kids. :D

Her dad is a drummer. She's lucky her name isn't Zildjian!

janeray1940
09-19-2018, 04:13 PM
I think Kala is the Hawaiian version of the name Sara/Sarah.

Jerryc41
09-20-2018, 01:58 AM
Replying to 70sSanO

Interesting. I guess with only twelve letters in their alphabet, the Hawaiians had to get the most out of every word. :)

Jarmo_S
09-20-2018, 05:39 AM
Hawaiian is or was rather an interesting language. After americans took over the island, the language started to die.
Some people like izz wanted to fight back, but more it was even then about independence, because the language had slowly died already.

It was an open phonetic language same as my finnish. In my language Kala means a fish, but i'm not so sure it means the same in hawaiian. Many same words though meaning different things :P
70sSanO propably gave most conscise eplanation what Kala means, though lets just think it is a name some guy thought about to make an ukulele brand, perhaps with not much knowledge except just it sounds hawaiian lol.

70sSanO
09-20-2018, 06:49 PM
Replying to 70sSanO

Interesting. I guess with only twelve letters in their alphabet, the Hawaiians had to get the most out of every word. :)

I wasn't aware there were only 12 letters. I would think care would be needed not to inadvertantly cuss someone out or invite them to dinner... lol.

John

Jerryc41
09-21-2018, 12:58 AM
I wasn't aware there were only 12 letters. I would think care would be needed not to inadvertantly cuss someone out or invite them to dinner... lol.

John

http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/alpha.htm

kkimura
09-21-2018, 02:47 AM
Replying to 70sSanO

Interesting. I guess with only twelve letters in their alphabet, the Hawaiians had to get the most out of every word. :)

Imagine how it would be if the missionaries had specified enough letters to fully account for depth and range of the spoken Hawaiian language.

PS, I don't think spoken Hawaiian ever died.