"How old is that boy?"
Translation:ʻEhia makahiki o kēlā keiki kāne?
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I think it always comes before the noun it is connected with. This boy, this house. Keia keiki kane. It comes after the noun when it is referring to a noun, but not connected with it. This is the house, this is the boy. Keiki Kane keia.
Please correct me if I am wrong!
Could someone clarify when kēlā/kēia come before the noun vs. after the noun?
I think you're both overthinking it a bit - which is great cuz I'm sure others reading this are too!
I just do the opposite of whatever is in Hawai'ian. The same goes for other exercises:
ke kumu pokole - the short teacher
pokole ke kumu - the teacher is short.
So I know when it's "Kēlā hale 'ele'ele," it means "That black house." But when it's "He wāhine 'olu'olu' kēlā," it means "That is a nice woman."