Translation:The teacher is short.
Why it's not "the short teacher" ??
When it occurs at the beginning it is being used as a verb and when it follows a noun it is being used as an adjective on that noun. I believe "the short teacher" would be: ke kumu pōkole
was just about to ask the difference between "the teacher is short" and "the short teacher." Thanks!
Another way to think of it -
Short is the teacher. --> Pōkole ke kumu.
the short teacher --> ke kumu pōkole