Glyph of the word 'ta'. and Glyph of the word 'ta'.


  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable ta in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (n.) sand
  • (suf.) after (placed directly after the subject status marker)

Au fule e’i ae ta ti’i.
“I need my feet in the sand.”

Notes: This is easily one of my favorite iku. It did come from a kind of picture of “sand” (just an “all over” type thing), so it is classified as an ikuiku, even though it probably doesn’t look much like sand now.

The determined version of the glyph is reserved solely for the noun “sand”; the undetermined versions are used for the other two functions. You’ll be seeing this iku (its form) in a lot of other glyphs to come. In fact, come to think of it, it’s already come up in alama, “sand crab”. Coolio.

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