"He lā ua kēia."
Translation:This is a rainy day.
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When it's only one term, it can't be an equational sentence. But if it's two terms (and the first begins with either He or ‘O) then it's a sentence equating the two terms. If it was "He lā kēia ua" it would mean "This rain is a day." That didn't really make any sense to me, but I hope it demonstrates the grammatical difference.
"This is a rainy day" versus "Hilo rains." Why does this not read "This day rains"? Rainy, I believe is a different word in Hawaiian, so I think the construction of the sentence of "this is a rainy day" should look a little like 'Ouaua keia la. I must be missing something here.