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Hawaiian for Grandfather



The formal Hawaiian term for grandfather is kuku kane, but tutu kane 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 more accurately translating to "elder," especially one upholding and teaching traditional culture.

See also a comprehensive list of grandfather names.

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