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"Aloha e ke keiki": Why use "ke"?

So there is this one sentence I sometimes have to translate during a lesson that kind of confuses me. I understand that "Aloha e ke keiki" means "Hello child" but I'm wondering why "ke" is in there. Is it because you are speaking to 'the child' so that's how you address them? I'd love to know because this one is kind of confusing me.

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Is just says that you are talking to a specific child, not a child.

1 week ago

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it's just a Hawaiian thing when you are addressing someone by some types of titles: teacher, student(s), children, etc. and will take ke , ka, or na.

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P.S. As for example: E na haumana, e lohe mai! Hey students, listen to me!

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