"No Niʻihau koʻu makuahine."

Translation:My mother is from Niʻihau.

4 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MitchTalmadge

Fun fact, Niʻihau is a protected island where a Hawaiian family has lived for many years. It's often called the forbidden island. There are no roads or commercial buildings, and food is obtained by hunting and gathering. The people there speak Hawaiian. https://www.hawaii.com/discover/island-of-niihau/

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils
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It is only "protected" in the sense that it is private property, right? Since the owners of the island are the Robinsons, descendants of the Sinclairs, I assume that, while Hawaiian, some of their ancestors came from the British Isles.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchTalmadge

That's how I understand it. They bought it for $10,000 in the 1860s so going there without permission would be trespassing.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils
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Wow, $10,000 was a fortune for a private person.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesTWils
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Is there a more formal term for mother?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Margaret942443

makuahine is the formal term, māmā is more informal

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hectorlqr
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For a second there i thought this was Chinese.

3 months ago
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