"Today is Wednesday."

Translation:ʻO ka Pōʻakolu kēia.

February 25, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RonRGB

(ʻO ka) poʻahia kēia? = What day of the week is this?

(1. ʻekahi) Monday = ka Pōʻakahi

(2. ʻelua) Tuesday = ka Pōʻalua

(3. ʻekolu) Wednesday = ka Pōʻakolu

(4. ʻehā) Thursday = ka Pōʻahā

(5. ʻelima) Friday = ka Pōʻalima

(6. ʻeono) Saturday = ka Pōʻaono

Sunday = ka Lāpule

Which day? = Ka pōʻahia?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tadashi3750

I think literally it says “This is the 3rd day of the week” but when translated would be “Today is Wednesday” so the kēia lā would be redundant.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teelavoie

This is Wednesday. Shouldn't today is Wednesday be kēia lā?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

"This is the third night of the week," is the more literal translation. But the common interpretation is "Today is Wednesday."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hans925648

I'm curious as well. On a side note though, days of the week in Hawaiian are actually nights of the week. "Po" being night and "la" being day. So I think it would contradicting to use keia la. Just a thought.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

That is an excellent point. I had not considered that aspect. For this prompt, "This is Wednesday" has a different translation from "Today is Wednesday."
ʻO ka Pō'akolu kēia. This is Wednesday.
ʻO ka Pō'akolu kēia lā. This day is Wednesday.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyxDash

'O kēia ka Po'akolu. Was accepted


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Graeme721848

I can see how this is correct but I don’t think “i keia la” should be marked wrong. Unless it is never actually used of course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlennMoris1

what is the purpose of the 'O? Is it to indicate that it is the subject of the sentence?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Graeme721848

Aloha e GlennMoris. The best lessons I know that answer your question are grammar sources. The first is part of a series of slideshares by malama777 and I recommend you look through the full 21 slides here https://www.slideshare.net/malama777/aike-101 but the matter of ‘O sentences (pepeke) starts at slide 8.

The other source is a fabulous one page document that I think was linked on DL by our aloha hoa GaryKaHaumana, a grammar wizard. The section on “Pepeke ‘Aike ‘O” should be linked here…. https://hawaiian-grammar.org/current/#h.ujnzk377y1y1

The equational structure here is [today] = [Wednesday]; or in Hawaiian [ka Pōʻakolu] = [keia].

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