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Touch Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary

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** Chosen as Best Locally Made App **
Best of Honolulu - Honolulu Magazine - March 2012

Also featured in the May-June 2013 issue of MANA Magazine!


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**In comparison to the unhappy user, the satisfied user rarely takes the time to review this App which leaves us occasionally with crummy reviews from uninformed users, foreign to Hawaiiana. Any Kama‘āina or Hawaiian who spends extensive time with this App recognizes it as a "nui loa" body of work that belongs in their library. There is only one in the world and this is IT.**

Please be sure to upgrade to iOS 7.1

The Touch Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary, abridged and cyclopedic, has over 6,000 entries; representing a database over 17 years in the making, suitably presented in iOS. It has grown to the point that as it is presented now it is probably better described as a browsing encyclopedia with entries of rich content and cross referenced metadata.

Fully tested on iPhone 5 and iOS 6 and iOS7, and iOS 7.1 with the speediest keyboard response on newer devices.

Features live offline searching. Not only instantly look up anything whether searching in English or Hawaiian, but also reference all entries on categories such as plant, fish, endangered, etc. Searching for "endangered" will bring up all endangered species in Hawai‘i. Get the idea?

Unless you’re on a scholarly pursuit, save some time and just search in English if you know what you’re looking for. With pre-rendered search results you can go far fast. Remember, encylopedic content is the goal, not small-time definitions.

If you’re searching in Hawaiian it requires entry of proper diacritics. And it is somewhat rather strict about it. Searching for "hūpō" will find the Hawaiian word for ignorant, but "hupo" will find nothing; it’s not an Hawaiian word.

A search for "pupu" may not find an exact match. If you search for pūpū you will find the definition, "appetizer".

No need to use anything other than the standard keyboard which actually is a feature; the program supports both English and Hawaiian keyboards, and diacritical markings, regardless.

Enable search with the macron and the glottal stop from the keyboard. Press and hold a vowel or apostrophe for additional options to appear.

You do not need to enter an entire search item, a partial entry will probably include what you’re looking for in the list of hits.

Truncate your search query when you need to. For instance, adding a space at the end of your search query for "fish " will bring up all Hawaiian fish, without finding "fishpond" etc.


Remember, Hawaiian was not originally a written language. As with other Polynesian languages-- words, sentences, and ideas were spoken by stringing together syllables with glottal stops and select emphasis on certain vowels.

Be sure to visit the web URL for complete support.

This is a work in progress, yet we invite you to enjoy this work now and enjoy your subscription at a locked in price. It’s an established read of hundreds of pages and over 89K words. Our methods for managing the data, for presentation and search, will undoubtedly change in the future.

We recommend our new HAWAIIAN QUIZ as a companion App to this application. It was created to test your knowledge found in this reference and is a great way to tune up your knowledge of Hawaiiana.

What's New in Version 1.5.4

Improved for iPhone 6 (64-bit) and iOS8.
Additional entries, now over 6200

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Touch Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.5.4
  • Size: 1.7 MB
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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