Mele Kākau was invented by Rohan Zener as an alternative way to write Hawaiian, a Polynesian language spoken in Hawaii. The name Mele Kākau means "Rhythm Writing" and comes from the Hawaiian words mele (rhythm) and kākau (to write).
Hānau kū'oko'a 'ia nā kānaka apau loa, a ua kau like ka hanohano a me nā pono kīvila ma luna o kākou pākahi. Ua ku'u mai ka no'ono'o pono a me ka 'ike pono ma luna o kākou, no laila, e aloha kākou kekahi i kekahi.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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