In previous examples, it seemed like the Hawaiian "w" is pronounced like the German "w" or English "v".
However, this sounded more like an English "w" to me. Am I mishearing this or does the Hawaiian "w" make more than one sound?
From what I understand "w" can be pronounced either way and it doesn't really matter which way you pronounce it.
It's a little more advanced, but Hawaiian has 2 classes of words A class and O class... O class are things you were born with and have no control over, your name, mother, father, etc. Also things you go into or ride, like a car, canoe, clothes, etc. A class is everything else... So depending on the subject, kāu is used like kou and kaʻu is used like koʻu and kāna is used like kona... I don't expect to see this in these early lessons though...
That sounds really interesting! I hope the course gets into that at some point down-the-line :)
No, because the word "inoa" is in there which means "name". But I think if you just said "'O wai kou" then that would be like saying "Who/what are you"