(soccer link) http://wehewehe.org/gsdl2.85/cgi-bin/hdict?a=q&r=1&hs=1&m=-1&o=-1&e=d-11000-00---off-0hdict--00-1----0-10-0---0---0direct-10-ED--4-------0-1lpm--11-en-Zz-1---Zz-1-home-kama--00-3-1-00-0--4----0-0-11-00-0utfZz-8-00&q=soccer&j=pm&af=1&fqf=ED
(pōwāwae link) Pōwāwae. ~ ball. Kinipōpō pōwāwae.
[MK]1 n Soccer. Sh. Kinipōpō + wāwae. Kinipōpō pōwāwae. Soccer ball.
I answered "The football game is yesterday" simply because there was no "Ua" to indicate past tense. I know "nehinēi" is inherently past tense, but if DL is requiring a past tense in the English shouldn't there be the regular indicator for that in the Hawaiian? And of course they counted mine wrong - but I disagree that I did not translate what they gave - I just didn't interpret it (there's a significant difference) to correct English. That's not the language I'm trying to learn.
Nor can I - but I was looking for (and not finding) something in the Hawaiian sentence to indicate past tense. Should have just assumed that my kumu was a hard nose and "nehinēi" is, by definition, in the past. So I'm guessing that "Ua" is not necessary if there is another tense indicator (and I hate that we have to guess at convention - I'm so not confident at guessing).
In traditional Hawaiian there actually is a past tense for "aia," but today it seems to be only used by native speakers from Niʻihau. The past tense is "aia aku nei" (or "aia akula"), and the future tense is "aia ana." I doubt if either would be accepted by DL; anyone care to try?