Translation:keiki kāne

October 6, 2018



Just “keiki” could mean boy too.

October 9, 2018


That's like saying "child" can also mean "boy" and that "bird" can also mean "pigeon".

October 16, 2018


That’s English. This is Hawaiian. From the Hawaiian Dictionary:

keiki 1. nvi. Child, offspring, descendant, progeny, boy, youngster, son, lad, nephew, son of a dear friend; calf, colt, kid, cub; worker; shoot or sucker, as of taro; to have or obtain a child; to be or become a child.

It’s not necessary to modify “keiki” with “Kāne”.

October 16, 2018


Exactly. Similarly to how languages like Spanish have implied gender, Hawaiian often has an implied male leaning unless otherwise specified like with kaikamahine. Mahalo!

April 1, 2019


How is "kāne" pronounced? Kah-neh or kay-neh?

December 25, 2018


Kaa-ne long a sounds. A sounds like “all”. E sounds like “(e)ver”.

December 25, 2018


The ā is a long vowel like in Latin. This would be similar a father in English. The ah in father is a long vowel. So, instead of saying kane quickly, say the ā longer like in father in English. I hope that helps.

June 1, 2019


I need to know why "boy" needs to have keiki in front of it. I know that kāne means man, so is boy literally "child man"? Also, why doesn't this apply to kaikamahine?

October 6, 2018


It does. Kaikamahine comes from "keiki"+"wahine". There are a couple of sound changes that take place there for which I donʻt have any particular explanation. Itʻs worth pointing out that a similar thing happens with words for parents:

"makua" = parent

"makua kāne" = father

"makuahine" = mother

October 7, 2018


Me too

February 18, 2019


Why do we have to include child i the word boy

February 18, 2019


Because the second word is man.

March 3, 2019


My android does not have a Hawaiian language option. I tried a plig in and an app but neither seems to work -I need na kahako

June 7, 2019
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