About This Weblog

The Kamakawi Word of the Day is a blog that gives readers a new Kamakawi word everyday. Kamakawi is a language created by David J. Peterson. David J. Peterson was created in the latter half of the twentieth century, and, purportedly, is older than the Kamakawi language.

The words will be assigned to a number of categories. The first and most obvious is its dictionary category. The dictionary is arranged by the first letter, so if you want all the words that have been posted that start with “A”, you just need to click on the A category at right.

Additionally, words are sorted by glyph type. A glyph in Kamakawi is called an iku. Iku come in two types: foma (words comprising a single glyph or iku) and hikuiku (words comprising two or more glyphs or iku).

Foma can be further subdivided into six types. They are as follows:

  • Ikuiku: So-called “true glyphs”, these are pictographs which look like what they are a picture of (or at least the glyphs looked like the original meaning they were intended to convey).
  • Ikunoala: These glyphs comprise two or more syllabic glyphs, and can pretty much be read as they’re spelled.
  • Iku’ui: These glyphs are some combination of the previous two (usually a syllabic glyph modifying one or more ikuiku).
  • Iku’ume: These “turned” glyphs are slightly modified versions of other glyphs (usually the addition of an otherwise meaningless stroke, or a change in orientation).
  • Ikuleyaka: These glyphs have some sort of basic graphic element that is modified by one of Kamakawi’s old determinatives. These determinatives are no longer productive, but they used to encode basic semantic categories as a way of helping a reader to figure out which word was meant.
  • Ikunima’u: These “mixed glyphs” are anything else—basically anything that can’t be easily identified or categorized.