"Thanks for the meeting."
Translation:Mahalo ka hui ʻana.
OK, I know that Hawaiian is in beta on Duolingo. Hopefully Duo staff are monitoring these comments to improve the final version. As I give thanks for the meeting for the umpteenth time, I can't help but wonder why we haven't learned the word for "please" yet, especially in a section called Polite Expressions. Lots of other potentially more useful phrases could do in this section too.
Great question! Yes, mahalo is a verb and it really means "to appreciate," to "have appreciation," and the other variants for "appreciate." Interestingly, "Mahalo au ia 'oe" (I appreciate you) is assumed in simply saying "mahalo" since it implies appreciation from the speaker to the receiver for his kindness and his deeds.
the sentence pattern for this lesson is actually in colloquial form, and really shouldn't be introduced early on in the program. There are many problems with the "Polite Expressions" Skill and should be removed as a skill entirely or redone.
To answer your question, the FULL sentence would be "Mahalo au iā 'oe i ka hui 'ana." This can be reduced to "Mahalo i ka hui'ana" when understood I am thanking you for something, and then further reduced to "Mahalo ka hui'ana" in a very casual colloquial sense because at this point having "i" in there is unnecessary to understand the statement.
Hope this helps!!
So this is interesting - on the prior exercise with this same phrase there were questions about using o or i in front of "ka hui'ana." When I highlighted "for" in the English text for this exercise it showed o or no, but of course they don't show up in the "correct" translation. So that seems to be a glitch.