The Voice of TheBus - Hawaii Features

The Voice of TheBus - Hawaii Features

There are 27 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 5, 2009, titled The Voice of TheBus - Hawaii Features. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Question: I'm a bus rider. The buses have announcements as to what stop it is, the bus number, destination, etc.

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Keith Haugen

AOL

#1 Dec 5, 2009
Aloha:

Thanks so much for the story about Professor Nogelmeier and his voiced announcements on TheBus. He is terrific in his knowledge, his Hawaiian pronunciation and enunciation.

Paulehia kona `olelo, loea wale no i ka puana ana i ka `olelo Hawai`i. He kumu akamai `o ia. Haole wale no kona inoa `ohana, aka, i loko kona na`au, he Hawai`i `o ia.

For years, when people have asked me for a correct pronunciation of a place name on O`ahu, I have given them the pronunciation, then suggested that they take a ride on TheBus and LISTEN to Puakea. I also make that suggestion to all of my Hawaiian language students.

E ola ka `olelo Hawai`i a me na inoa Hawai`i nani no.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Lani

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Dec 5, 2009
Professor Nogelmeier's pronunciation of "Stop Requested" makes my cell phone disconnect from calls that use automated voice recognition systems.
reader

Wailuku, HI

#3 Dec 5, 2009
Enjoyed this. Interesting about how the announcements are recorded front to back and back to front -- and that the correct pronunciations are rubbing off on people.

Thank you for, as Paul Harvey would have said, "the rest of the story."
bumpercrop

Kaneohe, HI

#4 Dec 5, 2009
His funniest comment is to hang on as sudden stops are sometimes necessary.... He has this funny lisp when he says it. I always thought that it was a computer so I am glad to hear it is a human.
Ke Kaukaniho

AOL

#5 Dec 5, 2009
Aloha Mr. Haugen.

I was a student of yours in a night class at the University of Hawaii in the 1970s, and also attended one of your workshops in the 1980s, when you released your "Is it Hawai`i or Havai`i?" recording on the pronunciation of Hawaiian place names. Thank you. I still have the recording.

I wonder, however, why you didn't bring up the local mispronunciations of non-Hawaiian names too in your letter today. When we have visitors who know better, it is embarrassing to hear local people mispronounce simple foreign names like Houghtailing and Isenberg. I remember those two from your workshop because I still hear everyone saying "Ho-tailing" and "Eisenberg." Oh yes, and Makinley for McKinley.

Are you and your students and the Houghtailing family the only ones who pronounce that name correctly?

Keep up the good work. If I remember right, you are also from Minnesota. Right?

The Doc
alice

United States

#6 Dec 5, 2009
makes sense to have a native speaker pronounce the words
Honolulu Resident

AOL

#7 Dec 5, 2009
I don't know any native speakers of our language who can do it better than Puakea. His Hawaiian, in my humble opinion, is flawless. Someday, we hope, everyone will be able to do that as well as he does.
alice

United States

#8 Dec 5, 2009
alice wrote:
makes sense to have a native speaker pronounce the words
well said
Island Boi

Kaneohe, HI

#9 Dec 5, 2009
The Bus using recorded human voices is leading technology? Give me a break. Only in the Nei. Try the Japanese trains that have a visual guide over the doorways that shows exactly which stop you are at in English and Japanese, scrolling text and English and Japanese voice. Wow, how something so simple in the Nei seems so advanced when actually we are showing the world just how backwards we are. Can't wait to see what system the Mufster's choo choo will use. Most likely have union employees stand on the platform with signs.
Realist

Waianae, HI

#10 Dec 5, 2009
Island Boi wrote:
The Bus using recorded human voices is leading technology? Give me a break. Only in the Nei. Try the Japanese trains that have a visual guide over the doorways that shows exactly which stop you are at in English and Japanese, scrolling text and English and Japanese voice. Wow, how something so simple in the Nei seems so advanced when actually we are showing the world just how backwards we are. Can't wait to see what system the Mufster's choo choo will use. Most likely have union employees stand on the platform with signs.
Stupid is what stupid does. Howz about a bunch of women in the missionary position screaming "I GO HOME...I GO HOME...I LOVE YOU!!!!!!"

.....huh?

Some of the best of mother's are doing it today.

Aloha
Char Siu Bao Girl

AOL

#11 Dec 5, 2009
Right on Pua!!!!!!!!
Jack Yamada

Mililani, HI

#12 Dec 6, 2009
however, he can't save the busses that have single-line info that cuts off info all the time? How are people going to know where to get off without the prerecorded info? Also people need to exit the bus thru the rear door. That safety info on exit the rear door should be used more often on the bus.
wilyhotdog

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Dec 6, 2009
Actually it is hard to go out the back door when you have bags and stuff. You have to hold the back door open and it is a small door (we folks are getting chubbier). It is much much easier to get out the front door as it is wider and stays open. So mostpeople are not doing it out of rudeness but of necessity.
Jack Yamada wrote:
however, he can't save the busses that have single-line info that cuts off info all the time? How are people going to know where to get off without the prerecorded info? Also people need to exit the bus thru the rear door. That safety info on exit the rear door should be used more often on the bus.
Joseph

Wahiawa, HI

#14 Dec 6, 2009
Island Boi wrote:
The Bus using recorded human voices is leading technology? Give me a break. Only in the Nei. Try the Japanese trains that have a visual guide over the doorways that shows exactly which stop you are at in English and Japanese, scrolling text and English and Japanese voice. Wow, how something so simple in the Nei seems so advanced when actually we are showing the world just how backwards we are. Can't wait to see what system the Mufster's choo choo will use. Most likely have union employees stand on the platform with signs.
I personally love this guys voice, but the naming of every piddling street and hotel from Waikiki to Ala Moana can be annoying. It's nice that he can say all those long Hawaiian words so fast, but even locals would have a hard time repeating what he said.

The signature of a real metropolis, and a compassionate bus service, is visual signage. Those sweet sounding announcements aren't going to help a person who's hard of hearing, and SIGNS are better for those who don't speak English. City buses in modern cities use electronic signs overhead to give information. They tell riders which stop is coming up and which two come after that. Hawaii is back in the 50's in this regard. We don't usually post route and schedule information at bus stops either. It's pitiful to see tourists walking around in circles, because there's no information telling them where the buses will go, or how long they might have to wait. What's with that?
Joseph

Wahiawa, HI

#15 Dec 6, 2009
Island Boi wrote:
.. Can't wait to see what system the Mufster's choo choo will use. Most likely have union employees stand on the platform with signs.
The idea of 5 billion for a bit of cheesy elevated commuter rail between Kapolei and Ala Moana now makes me sick to my stomach. People are losing their jobs right and left, government is slashing budgets, schools and health programs are closing, we're in a depression, and I don't think people realize just what a mess our leaders have gotten us into.

Before the economy went into the tank, rail sounded like a credible way to pump up banks and businesses and create jobs -- a possible good investment of taxpayer money. All rail will do now is foist an enormous tax burden onto local people, from now far into the future. Beaurocracy formed by rail will probably offer the most jobs for locals; secretaries, office assistants, security guards, janitors etc. since we don't have a pool of skilled rail workers and executives to fill the best jobs.
vietnam7072 kaneohe

Kaneohe, HI

#16 Dec 6, 2009
Another person we all know that I think pronunaes hawaiian words correctly is Paula Akana of KITV-4 News I just LOVE the way she talks or pronuncia Hawaiian words she is GOOOOOOOOOD
Chris

Ewa Beach, HI

#17 Dec 6, 2009
It would be nice if a solar powered radio could announce the ETA of the next bus so I wouldn't have to worry about missing the bus. This could be done by putting a radio transmitter on each bus and a receiver by each bus stop.
Susan Schneider

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Dec 7, 2009
So very interesting, I love to hear what is happening with this wonderful, very Hawaiian, character.
Smooth Al

AOL

#19 Dec 8, 2009
Smooth!!!!!!!!
alice

United States

#20 Dec 8, 2009
I use the bus a great deal and swear something por someone pinched my bottom last Satruday when the bus was packed!

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