Hawaiian Characters


Works with WordPress 5.0. See FAQ below.

This plugin makes it possible to insert the Hawaiian kahakō diacritical characters into the WordPress editor using the standard “Character Map” feature.

Full list of characters added to the character map: Ā ā Ē ē Ī ī Ō ō Ū ū ʻ

Thanks to Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo for inspiring this plugin and reviewing it before launch.


Click the Ω in the bottom row of editor buttons to view the Character Map popup window.

Version Requirements

This plugin requires WordPress 4.5 or higher.

Other Plugins by MRWweb


  • The new characters are added to the last line of the editor's Character Map
  • The character map with Hawaiian Characters in WordPress 5.0's "Classic" block


  1. Go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Search for “Hawaiian Characters”
  3. Click “Install” for the Hawaiian Characters plugin (first result)
  4. Click the “Activate Plugin” link


Is this plugin compatible with WordPress 5.0 / “Gutenberg”?

Yes and no. The Character Map function remains available in WordPress 5.0 in two ways:

  1. On any page using the “Classic Editor” (pre-WordPress 5.0), most likely via the Classic Editor plugin.
  2. Via the “Classic” block of the new editor. (See the second screenshot.)

Unfortunately, there is currently no more prominent implementation of the character map despite requests early in 5.0’s development.

If someone builds a more prominent integration of the Character Map in WordPress 5.0, I will look into adapting this plugin for it.

Contributors & Developers

“Hawaiian Characters” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


1.1.0 (4 December 2018)

  • Add new FAQ regarding WordPress 5.0 compatibility
  • Add new screenshot with WordPress 5.0
  • Plugin is now actually translatable and slightly more secure
  • Other minor readme fixes

1.0.0 (27 February 2016)

  • Initial Release