i learned that different islands had their own way of speaking example: umikumamalua umikumalua maika'i meke'i either way is correct.
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.
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 mā. ʻUmi kumamākahi, eleven (Biblical).
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?
Both are correct... umikuma(ma)lua just makes the word more fun to say