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This vs that (only not those)

When would you say "Aloha kaua" vs "Aloha"?
Also, please explain ka vs ke. Finally, malama vs pono. In my lessons they both mean "good". It seems like "pono" would have a more significant meaning.


October 30, 2018



Agreeing with rev._mother, although I am moderately interested in the answer you will get, you will get it much quicker in the Hawaiian forum, and it won't be in the way for us non-Hawaiian learners.


You may say Aloha in both situations! However, when including kāua it means you are addressing one other individual. Otherwise, you would use kākou to address a group of folks which includes yourself. KEAO - the correct object marker KE would be used for all words beginning with KEAO. I.e., ke kāne - the man, ke kalaka - the truck. All other words that start with ʻokina, I, U, H, L, M, N, P, W would all be preceded with a KA. I.e., ka uʻi - the beauty, ka lā - the sun, ka wahine - the woman. Mālama vs. pono - the team's had a discussion about pono. And totally agree that pono has a more significant meaning.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I figured out that "na" is for plural and some other things, but it is so helpful for you to answer questions and so quickly!

FYI I'm Hawaiian, living in Hawai'i and thought I would never be able to learn our language. I work on vocabulary but that's not the same as speaking or understanding. I'm only at the beginning but I have already gotten so much out of the lessons. I hope they keep going. Mahalo nui loa.


Sorry! Thanks for letting me know!


...but you still haven't moved it - it's still in the Duolingo forum! All you have to do is click edit, and change the topic from Duolingo to Hawaiian. Here's a guide on how to move a post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16609773.


ok -it is switched. I know the wrong topic meant I wouldn't get my questions answered (and appreciated the heads up). I didn't realize it was such a big deal for you. Couldn't you just ignore?


Different people have subscribed to different forums for a reason. Different people want different things from these forums. Some people are only interested to take part in the discussion forum for the particular language they're studying. Some people are willing and able to help troubleshoot problems, and some people aren't. Some people have a general interest in language learning, and Duolingo's workings, and are interested to read the discussions in the main Duolingo forum.

Everyone reading the forums ought to be able to make a choice about which things they sign up to read, and that only works if things are posted in the right place.


I have understood that “pono “ is closer to righteous than “good”


Me as well! I type "righteous" rather than "good" and it counts my answer as correct. Still, I'm trying to learn the language so I like to check and see if context or whatever changes the meaning.

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