This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.


For WordPress 5.0+ Block Editor Support, you must install this plugin AND Insert Special Characters plugin.

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

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


In WordPress “Block Editor” (5.0+):

  1. Make sure you have installed both this plugin and Insert Special Characters installed.
  2. Open the Special Characters tool
    • OPTION 1: Click the small downward pointing arrow in the formatting tool bar and select “Special Characters” (see second screenshot)
    • OPTION 2: Press CTRL + o (Windows) or CMD + o (Mac)
  3. Select the character to insert from the popup window. The characters appear first in “Hawaiian” tab. (see third screenshot)

In the WordPress “Classic Editor” (pre-5.0) and Block Editor “Classic” block:

  1. Click the Ω button in the bottom row of editor buttons.
  2. Select the character to insert from the popup window. (Characters appear at end of map.)

Version Requirements

This plugin requires WordPress 4.5 or higher.

Other Plugins by MRWweb


  • The character map showing Hawaiian characters in the Block Editor (requires Insert Special Characters)
  • How to insert special characters in the WordPress 5.0+ block editor
  • The character map with Hawaiian Characters in the Block Editor’s “Classic” block
  • The characters are added to the last line of the Classic Editor’s character map


  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
  5. If using WordPress 5.0+, repeat these steps 2-4 for the plugin “Insert Special Characters”


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

Yes! This plugin supports the Insert Special Characters plugin for WordPress 5.0. Install that plugin alongside this one to use a similar Character Map feature as the old WordPress. Thanks to 10up for building that plugin!

The old 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 third screenshot.)


ഈ പ്ലഗിന് റിവ്യൂകൾ ഒന്നുമില്ല.

Contributors & Developers

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


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2.0.1 (3 June 2021)

  • Fix missing JavaScript file for Block Editor

2.0.0 (23 September 2019)

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