"He ʻohana ʻo Kaʻiulani."

Translation:Kaʻiulani is family.

October 7, 2018



Iʻm not sure how to understand this sentence. Is it meant to say that Kaʻiulani is "a part/member of the family"?

October 7, 2018


Yes, I do believe so. “X is Y” in English is “He Y X” in Hawaiian.

October 9, 2018


Actually, "X is a Y" in English is "He Y X" in Hawaiʻian. Hence DouglasJulien's confusion. "Family" in the English sentence is an adjective and can't receive an article, so the Hawaiʻian sentence wouldn't make sense if translated word for word.

October 12, 2018


So this is like, "Do you know Maria well?" "Oh, yeah, Maria is family!" (which either means she's a member of the family or that she's just like she is)? At first, I thought it meant that Ka'iulani was a word for family, but I knew that family was ohana, so that probably wasn't it.

October 16, 2018


This is confusing as there is no verb in the Hawaiian, and "He" is translated "a".

November 28, 2018


For that sentence, "He" (placed in the front) is treated as "to be".

December 26, 2018


I don't understand this sentence

June 15, 2019


Kim is family. Kim is a family member. Kim family. A family, Kim. Family, Kim is. Black, the coffee is. Big, the house is. Big, the house yellow is The yellow house is big.

November 26, 2018


Mmm... ok, honey

April 29, 2019
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