"He kumu koʻu ʻanakala."

Translation:My uncle is a teacher.

10/19/2018, 3:42:44 PM

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Was there ever a native word for uncle?

10/19/2018, 3:42:44 PM

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I think originally makua referred to all the family members of the generation above the child, so parents, aunts, uncles, first cousins once removed, etc.

10/24/2018, 4:39:27 PM

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Yeah, there arenʻt separate words for father/uncle/cousin of my father. Relationships were generational.

But then you could differentiate an uncle or from your father by modifying it:

Makua kāne ʻōpio - Uncle younger than my parent Makua kāne mākua - Uncle older than my parent

10/24/2018, 11:33:11 PM

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So how would you say "The teacher is my uncle"?

2/2/2019, 3:33:59 PM
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