ko'u inoa = my name
kona inoa = his/her name
kou inoa = your name
That is helpful, thanks!
How come kona is his and her? How do you tell the difference?
I guess just context.
Austronesian languages tend to use non-gendered pronouns
Shouldn't there be a kahako over the o in kona?
kona and kōna are variations actually. Thus, both are correct.
I am very confused with Hawaii's grammar...
What part is confusing you? We called these equational sentences decades ago. There is no verb because there is no verb "to be" in Hawaiian. Think of it as 'O Keoki = ko'u inoa.
Mahalo for this. If there is no to be verb, how do you convey tense?
You just use a time phrase.
'O Keoki ko'u inoa ma mua. 'O Kalani ko'u inoa i kēia manawa.
My name was Keoki before. My name is Kalani now.
I'm not sure many people say 'Kaleo is his name'. If I did, I would say 'His name is Kaleo'.