If you are bothered by this phrase being taught in Duolingo, please refer to Hawaiian history and culture. The kapu system was abolished under the Kamehameha lineage and the majority of Hawaiians gravitated toward Christianity, which was a more pono kapu system of what is maika'i. This phrase is not religiously bias, but is simply apart cultural Hawaiian in the early 1900s, as found in Hawaiian recordings.
Yes a great distinction between what is rooted language and what is introduced language! Neither is more right or wrong, simply where does the words come from and the origin of things...Happy to see a like-minded person on this thread, keep on the QUESTioning... LOL, MAHALO
"Ke akua pū!" does not mean "Blessings!" "Ke Akua pū!" is used in the same manner as the obsolete "God be with you!" when parting. People today say "Good bye" without its original religious meaning or intent. "Ke akua pū!" is an unnecessary insertion of religious belief. It implies to users of duolingo that Hawaiians - by default - are Christians.
Depends if that is your belief or not, a single God or THE God "Ke Akua" is normally Christian in its intent...So I leave out the guess work for people, I say what I mean and mean what I say, so most times Na Akua is spoken meaning "More than one" or Kini Akua meaning "Multitude of Gods/Goddesses, 400,000" that is how an Indigenous Belief is further expressed, not that there can not be "Ke Akua", its simply that here we are on Duolingo and speaking about "Jesus be with you" and "God be with you" and "Blessings" so...MAHALO NUI!
King Kamehameha II Liholiho, Keopuolani and Kaahumanu abolished the kapu system in 1819; even priests like Hewahewa embraces the abandonment of the system. The first Christian missionaries arrived to Hawaii in 1820, thus having no effect on the abolishment of the kapu system. Please do research before making assumptions. Mahalo nui.
One of the reason I love living in Hawai'i is the religious freedom practiced here. It is not unusual to hear a song/chant about iesu on the car radio or at a luau. New roads and buildings are often blessed by a local pastor. As for reading the history of the Islands, I recommend some primary source books such as The Grapes of Canaan by Albertine Loomis, Hawaii by Queen Liliuokalani, and Sarah Lyman's Diary. A really fascinating book records the history of the Hawaiians back to the Biblical land of Ur. Perpetuated in Righteousness by David Kikawa.
@zwickerman I am talking about the time before Kamehameha III, when the Calvinists first "introduced" Christianity to the Hawaiians. For you to tell a complete stranger to "do your research" is arrogant and condescending at best. Peace be upon you.
@kale333901 mahalo nui loa no kou mana'o, nā akua pū.