Glyph of the word 'fatoi'.


  • (n.) bulbul

Mata ei i fatoi!
“I see a bulbul!”

Notes: I came across the word fatoi today while looking through my dictionary, and looked at the definition and thought, “What the heck is a bulbul…?” Then I looked at the spelling (the Kamakawi spelling, that is) and realized, “Well, it’s some kind of bird.” Heh. Pretty cool! While there are, of course, obvious drawbacks to learning a writing system with over 600 characters, this is one of the happy benefits.

For more information about the bulbul bird, go to its Wikipedia entry here. It seems like a spunky little bird. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen one, but if I do, I’ll be sure to make a note of it and see if I can snap a picture.

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2 Responses to “Fatoi”

  1. Ka kavaka Carsten ti:

    TBH, I first thought “Huh, David’s doing Pokemon names now?” Then I saw the link to Wikipedia ;)

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Pokémon?! That’s so last year!

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