How to pronounce Likelike (that highway) in Oahu?

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This question has bothered my wife and I for a while now. I've been calling it "like like" (as the the word "like"). Wife wants to call it something totally different. I'm hoping somebody who knows can set us straight. Thanks.
 

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No problem, guess I'll have to tell my family we've been saying wrong which is a possability as we are not native Hawaiian. We're Japanese/Korean who happen to have been born in Hawaii.
 
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Lee-keh-lee-keh
I love trying to type out how to pronounce Hawaiian (!) but I believe we are on the same page. I think if we combine our two phonetic examples someone would get the idea. Basically the same "e" sound from ukulele... not to open a whole new can of worms!
 

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Here's an interesting factoid; spoken Hawaiian is pronounced a little differently on some of the islands notably O'ahu, Moloka'i and Ni'ihau for example.
 

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No!!!! That's what my wife thinks.

But ,thank you for setting me straight. This question surfaces every time we visit Oahu.