What does this mean though? Is this how you ask "what does Kēhau do?" or is the kind of question whose answer is "He wahine ʻo Kēhau."
Yeah. Like, Kehau is a ..... dog, a nice person, a mother, a witch for Halloween or in general ;)
Hawaiian is generally more concerned with what people do, not with what title people hold. In Hawaiian, they would ask "He aha kona hana o Kehau" which is "what work does Kehau have?" Even when asking if Kehau is a boy or girl, it would not be asked that way.
Sounds like you have a bit more experience with hawaiian than i do but wouldnt it make more sense grammatically to ask "he aha ka hana o kaleo" instead of "..kona.."?
"Pay attention to the accents," I was scolded. But I don't know how to do a kaha ko in Firefox if they don't pop up the little special keyboard. It's too bad the first romanizers of Hawaiian didn't treat long vowels as double. "Keehau" would be easy to type and to pronounce.
I have the same issue as Gerald. I do not know how to type a kahako on my keyboard.
What is Kēhau? Perhaps: What is Kēhauʻs professon? What is Kēhauʻs job? What is Kēhauʻs work? What does Kēhau do for a living?
"He aha ʻo Kēhau?" = What is Kēhau?
He mahiʻai ʻo Kēhau. Kēhau is a farmer.
He mākaʻi ʻo Kēhau. = Kēhau is a cop.
Wai would elicit a name, while He aha would elicit a descriptor - teacher, farmer, police officer, etc.
Wai, as far as I understood, is more used as "who", e.g " 'O wai kou tūtū kāne?" (Who is your grandpa?)