Enabling Hawaiian Diacritics on macOS

Hawaiian diacritics can be produced using the Hawaiian keyboard built into macOS in macOS 10.11 and above. (Note: Hawaiian diacritics my not be available in all applications and fonts)


Enabling Diacritics on macOS 10.11 and above

  1. Open system preferences
  2. Select Language & Region
  3. Click the + button on the bottom left of the page
  4. Select ‘Olelo Hawai’i - Hawaiian from the menu and click Add
  5. In the menu that appears select Use English (U.S.) to keep english as the primary language
  6. In the next menu, select Add Input Source to add the Hawaiian keyboard layout
  7. The Hawaiian keyboard should now be enabled

Using Diacritics on macOS 10.11 and above

  1. Click on the flag icon located on the right side of the menu bar at the top of the screen
  2. Check Hawaiian for the Hawaiian keyboard
    1. To input the`okina, use the single quote (‘) on the right, next to the return key
    2. To input the kahakō (line above a vowel), hold down the option key and press the vowel key


This article is part of the Hawaiian Diacritics article.
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Article ID: 428
Created: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
Modified: Fri, 30 Aug 2019 3:53pm