"ʻUmikūmamālua papa heʻe nalu lōʻihi"

Translation:Twelve long surfboards

December 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kuulei825489

i learned that different islands had their own way of speaking example: umikumamalua umikumalua maika'i meke'i either way is correct.


[deactivated user]

    For those of us who live far from Hawaii and donʻt have personal access to the Hawaiian language and culture, a lot of this is a guessing game, certainly while DL ʻŌlelo is in Beta. Input like this is helpful. Mahalo.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shandon995348

    Umm.. I thought that this was supposed to be time and not numbers.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacKinzieRob

    '12 long-boards' accepted 5/30/20


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danylo65

    Is ʻumikumamālua a compound?


    [deactivated user]

      Per Hawaiian Dictionary (Pukui/Elbert): "Kū.mā-. Prefix to numbers as ʻumi kūmākahi, ʻumi kūmālua, iwakālua kūmākahi, kanakolu kūmālua, etc."
      So, then I looked up kumamā: "Same as kūmā- (rare in conversation, Biblical). The origin is uncertain. Ellis (1827:479) suggests that the old term may have been kumu ma, beginning and; perhaps kumu assilated to kuma before . ʻUmi kumamākahi, eleven (Biblical).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

      Sort of. You may recognize the 'umi as the number 10 and the lua as the number 2. All that stuff between is how to connect them into a single number 12.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LoJo29
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      Not that Google Translate is particularly trustworthy for Hawaiian, but it also gives "ʻUmikumālua" as an acceptable translation for "twelve." Are either or both correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shandon995348

      Both are correct... umikuma(ma)lua just makes the word more fun to say


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Papahola1

      Ha! That's funny. Actually, I believe it is the older generation (70+ years old) that uses the kumamā version with regularity.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kk1106314

      this is in the "time" lessons and should not be there.

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