Directions in Hawaiian

As I have previously learned astronomy in Hawaiian, I know hema and 'akau as South and North. Now I see that they are also left and right respectively. This implies one is always facing west, as indicated in the Hawaiian on-line dictionary. Does anyone have insight into the history or usage of these? If you tell someone "E hele hema", will they go left or South? Or perhaps the conception of North/South is something only used in astronomy, since in my limited experience on Hawai'i island, directions are given in terms of ma uka and ma kai.

2/21/2019, 4:43:23 PM


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