"Are the extra chips on the plate?"
Translation:Aia ke kipi keu ma ke pā mea ʻai?
Okay, that makes sense now.
lots of words in Hawaiian have lots of different meanings when used in different ways. Pā by itself can mean a lot including dish, plates, disk, flat basin, even fance, wall, corral. Words in Hawaiian can be made up of these basic, root words it seems like.
A plate for general food, no real purpose for to eat from is a food thing plate. If it was a plate for a cake or idk a special jewelry display, it would have a name the relates to that thing.
Lots of rooting in Hawaiian like latin, greek, etc because it is an old language.
Okay, i think english has the same things going on to. Its just, we may not all use them like we could.
Like a salad fork, bread pan, cake pan, fry pan, dinner fork, shake spoon.
Same thing in Hawaiian. Food thing plate. A plate for food things. No particular type of food, it can be used for food things.
Bread knife, cheese cutter, paper clip, three hole punch.
This ain't caveman talk, its just talk. Lol