"ʻO Kaʻiulani kou inoa?"

Translation:Is Kaʻiulani your name?

October 14, 2018

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ʻO is actually a sentence structure.

ʻO "this thing" IS "what it is"

ʻO "Kaleo" is "his name" ʻO "Kaleo" "kona inoa"


Is the 'O some sort of question word? And kou is "your"?


'O is a "name marker". It is placed in front of a proper name when talking "about" someone.("e" is used when talking directly "to" someone.

Kou = your


The best way to state why this question/statement starts with 'O would be this - In Hawaiian, sentences cannot start with a noun, proper noun, or pronoun by itself. When it's a proper noun, pronoun or a definite noun ( the ....) you must put 'O before it at the start of this type of sentence. Way back when, we called it a verbless equational sentence - 'O Ka'iulani = kona inoa?
In sentences with verbs, the verb is usually first. There are actor emphatic sentences with the subject starting the sentence and the verb afterwards, and you will find that a preposition will come before the noun in that case.


My Hawaiian teacher said that Hawaiians do not raise their voice at the end of a sentence that is a question. If anything, they may drop their voice slightly on the last word of a question.


I can't see options to input Hawaiian language characters.


You gotta love the Hawaiian names!


Is you name Ka'iulani? Is wrong? Isn't it the same?

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