In the identical sentence in a previous question i is used instead of ma. Trying to understand the nuances. Maybe it really doesn't matter which one...is that the lesson here?
“i” means “to, on, in, and at”, but “ma” means “on, in, and at”. So “i” and “ma” are interchangeable except for when you’re talking about direction or movement, where you can only use “i”.
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When do you use "i" and "ma"? Example: "Aia nā kī i ke pākaukau." And "Aia nā kī ma ke pākaukau."
I believe “ka” should be used as the article for “pākaukau” because it is used with “ka” in the “Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary” by Kahikāhealani Wright.
Actually, both ka and ke are correct for pākaukau.
Does which one you use (ka/ke) change the meaning slightly?
In this case, no. There are only a few that change the meaning, like ka mele (the music) vs. ke mele (the song).
Why is it not "ka pākaukau"? I thought the rule was use ke if the word starts with k e a o but otherwise use ka.
There are sometimes exceptions to that rule. Here's one of them