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Hawaiian Name for Grandmother


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The formal Hawaiian term for grandmother is kuku wahine, but tutu is used most commonly. Although the conventional wisdom is that there is no "t" in the Hawaiian language, in actuality the "t" and the "k" are somewhat interchangeable. Kapuna is a term sometimes used for grandparents, but it more accurately translates to "elder" and is most often used for one upholding and teaching traditional Hawaiian culture.

Go to the list of ethnic names for grandmothers or to a comprehensive list of grandmother names.

Pronunciation: To go to a page where you can hear the pronunciation of tutu, click the icon.Audio Link
Alternate Spellings: Ku-ku, tu-tu

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