People often claim that King Kamehameha I of Hawaii’s name should be pronounced “Kameya”. That’s wrong: the Hawaiian pronunciation is “Kameha”. However, English speakers commonly mispronounce the king’s name, just as they mispronounce the DB attack’s name.
It’s *not* ka – MAI – ha – MAI – HA, or for that matter, ka – MAYA – MAYA. The “I” part of this is a short sound; it doesn’t really sound like the word/month “May”. It’s more like a “meh” sound (as in “Bruce Faulconer is extremely meh.”).
This is because “kame” means “turtle” in Japanese, and since Master Roshi is the Turtle Hermit, Toriyama wanted to include the word in his special move. The name Toriyama eventually received was “Kamehameha”, the name of the first king of Hawaii, at his wife’s suggestion.
Hawaii is correctly spelled Hawai’i, with the apostrophe indicating a so-called glottal stop. A glottal stop is a brief pause in airflow, as between syllables of the interjection uh-oh. The correct pronunciation is huh-WAH-ee with a glottal stop.
In Spain, “Kamehameha” is “Onda Vital“. In Dragon Ball, “Kamehameha” (かめはめ波) literally means “Turtle Devastation Wave”, while “Onda Vital” means “Vital Wave”. It’s close enough as a location, but “Onda Vital” doesn’t pack the same punch.
As a result, “Kamehameha” has two meanings, one in the Hawaiian language and one in Japanese.
View activity for this post. Japanese Wikipedia says it comes from the Hawaiian king recommended by the creator’s wife. The “kame” part is a bit of a pun because it can also mean turtle. “Hame” has no meaning. “Ha” means wave.
She told Akira that it would be easy to remember the name of the attack given the name of the cultural Hawaiian king named Kamehameha (literally “the very lonely one” or “the one “) would use set apart” in Hawaiian language).
When W begins a word or follows a vowel, it is pronounced either [w] or [v]. The 8th consonant is called the glottis (ʻokina in Hawaiian) and is represented in writing by an apostrophe. It means a full stop before a vowel it is placed before; similar to the stop between the syllables of “oh-oh”.
Hawaiian (ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, pronounced [ʔoːˈlɛlo həˈvɐjʔi]) is a Polynesian language in the Austronesian language family that takes its name from Hawaii, the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago, on which it has developed. Hawaiian is an official language of the State of Hawaii, along with English.
Nowadays, the term moi (mo-i pronounced “moh-ee” in English) in the Hawaiian language means “king”, “majesty”, “supremacy”, etc.