Can I say just makua if I want to be gender-neutral?
What do Hawai‘i-speaking children call their parents?
We usually just say "māmā" or "mākuahine" for mother/mom, and "pāpā" or "mākuakāne" for father/dad. You can say mākua if you want though (youʻll just have to specify when asking someone about their parent).
I agree with MalaeakeaM. Hawaiian is a gender neutral language as it is, but "makua" by itself means "parent" so you could say that.
Itʻs okay. What I did was I reported the question and said, "my answer should be accepted" from the dropdown option. Duolingo will then email you saying that they have accepted your answer or not. But on the bright side, you are right. Father and dad are both correct answers; good job! :)
If makua kāne can mean either father or dad the system should accept both answers. AKA, you shouldn't get it wrong for saying father instead of dad.
Lol. I got it wrong for saying police officer the first time then I got it wrong for saying father. Auwē!