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"ʻO ia koʻu tūtū wahine."

Translation:She is my grandmother.

October 5, 2018

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackheywood

Why not "She is my grandma"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dirtynho

exactly what I was thinking. no determinative here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kananileialoha

I think "She is my grandma" is actually more accurate than "That is my grandma." "He ko'u tutu wahine kela" seems to me like a better way to say "that" is my grandma.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kelii....

Please report that as a correct answer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GaryBisaga

I'm interested to know whether this is common usage and how far back it goes. Tūtū is obviously not 'õiwi, but beyond that I understand the idea of a single person being your grandparent doesn't really fit the traditional Hawaiian idea of 'ohana. However I imagine that traditional structure is probably less common today except maybe on Ni'ihau. Just curious.

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