"That Hawaiian woman is nice."

Translation:ʻOluʻolu kēlā wahine Hawaiʻi.

March 15, 2019

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Think as "Nice that woman Hawaiian" and just swap the English words with Hawaiian.


Yeah, sentence structure can be confusing. A trick I use to help me remember word order is thinking of the way Master Yoda from Star Wars talks.

Example: "He mahi'ai 'o ia," translated into English literally, would be: "A farmer he is" which is how Yoda speaks


To me it looks like "He mahi'ai 'o ia" would be "is a farmer he"


every time I got confused I hear Yoda speaking Hawaiian in my mind, but it just makes it more confusing, maybe because it's totally different from my native language.


He mahiʻai ʻoia =The farmer he/she. There is no "is" in Hawaiian.


So I THINK I have a solution for remembering this... Please also forgive how sloppy this may look. I have no idea why it's not saving it as I'm actually typing it.

Olu'olu = Nice (Adjective) / Describes things

kela/keia = This/That (Pronoun) / Which one

Wahine = Woman (Noun) / The subject

Hawai'i = Hawaii (Adjective in this case) / Location(*)

So...basically "Describe Which Subjects Location?"

  • Nice - - - -That - - - Woman - - Hawaiian

Describe - - which - - subjects - - location

Adjective - Pronoun - -Noun - - - Adjective(*)

I really hope this works and makes sense.


Mahalo nui no kokua!! I'm gonna keep checking back to be sure I follow this stuff!


really well done! Thanks!


Why isnʻt ʻheʻ at the start of this sentence like it is on some of the others in this lesson?


I believe but I'm not positive that "he" is only used with nouns / pronouns, not with adjectives.


He is a specific like THE one. Kēia is this, kēlā that. They are directions; in relation to the speaker. English doesnʻt really have an equivalent. Person/thing near you Kēia. Person thing over there or away is kēlā. Itʻs hard to learn on an app.


This is the conclusion I came to but it would sure be nice if something trying to teach you the language could tell you that!


I don't understand sentence structure. This time is:
In other sentence it was "HE


see discussion above about not using "he" with adjectives


could it be "o Hawai'i" as in "of Hawai'i"??


I had it right! I just can't put in the accents when I'm typing


Sorry, here is what I should write: "'olu'olu ia wahine hawai'i" Does that really mean "that Hawaian woman is nice?


KOKUA! I get stuck on one word because I have no way to make a kahako on my phone. Will I never be able to pass this lesson?


Try holding in a letter on the keypad to make a kahako. If that doesn't work, report it and tell them your problem that way.


My phone can make kahako over the letters by holding down that letter until a list of diacritical markings for that letter pops up. However my phone doesn't have a kahako in the list of "o". So a work around I do for this app is I go to the wehewehe.org Hawaiian English dictionary and select the ō from their list above the "look it up" bar and then i copy it. Then whenever I need it here i just paste as I'm typing. Hope that helps someone.


Download a Hawaiian keyboard to your phone-there are tons of free ones!


Aha, TRICKY, since I am coming back to this after already learning kēnā also means "that" (close vs far) I picked that option to be clever :) but was stimied when it was wrong! It's because of the macron over the ā in wāhine, which I didn't notice. Gotcha! (or in the case, Got Me! ;) )


Word 4 word. But labeled worng


How do you know when the kēlā goes at the end or before wahine (in this case)


So in most of these lessons and even later on when the sentance in question uses the word "man" duolingo will accept ”kāne" or "kanaka". Is it ever acceptable then to use "kanaka" in the place of "wahine"? A serious answer please by someone who knows because I want to know the rule.


I wrote: "'olu'olu ka wahine hawai'i" And DL says there is a typo. I should write


Sorry, here is what I should write:

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