Hawaiian Braille

Hawaiian Braille
Languages Hawaiian
Parent systems
Print basis
Hawaiian alphabet

Hawaiian Braille is the braille alphabet of the Hawaiian language. It is a subset of the basic braille alphabet,

⠁ (braille pattern dots-1)⠑ (braille pattern dots-15)⠓ (braille pattern dots-125)⠊ (braille pattern dots-24)⠅ (braille pattern dots-13)⠇ (braille pattern dots-123)⠍ (braille pattern dots-134)⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345)⠕ (braille pattern dots-135)⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234)⠥ (braille pattern dots-136)⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456)

supplemented by an additional letter to mark long vowels:

⠸ (braille pattern dots-456)⠁ (braille pattern dots-1)⠸ (braille pattern dots-456)⠑ (braille pattern dots-15)⠸ (braille pattern dots-456)⠊ (braille pattern dots-24)⠸ (braille pattern dots-456)⠕ (braille pattern dots-135)⠸ (braille pattern dots-456)⠥ (braille pattern dots-136)

(Māori Braille uses the same convention for long vowels.)[1]

Unlike print Hawaiian, which has a special letter ʻokina for the glottal stop, Hawaiian Braille uses the apostrophe , which behaves as punctuation rather than as a consonant:


That is, the order to write ʻĀ is apostrophe, cap sign, length sign, A.

Punctuation is as in English Braille.


  1. UNESCO (2013) World Braille Usage, 3rd edition.
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