"the person's plate"
Translation:kā ke kanaka pā
Two Classes of Possessives, Kino ʻŌ and Kino ʻĀ
In Hawaiian there are two classes of possessives, (Kino ʻŌ and Kino ʻĀ).
(Kino ʻŌ) items ,in general, are things you do not have control over, in terms of creating them, like your ancestors, parents, siblings, and body parts.
Things that you possess for the purpose of wearing them, or primarily to be situated in, on, under, behind, or in front of are also (kino ʻŌ), like clothes, shelter, buildings, time, land, and modes of transportation.
All the other items, those that you have the ability to create or choose are (Kino ʻĀ) . Like your spouse, your children, food, your job, and other things you create like songs you write, or art you make.
Episode 11 of Ka Leo ʻŌiwi (link) https://youtu.be/fpWk5Yl8H84
Start at time segment [5:38]
Wow. I think, I can create or choose clothes and buildings, but the child, as some kind of nature's gift, definitely can't be chosen, the food is in front of me and the job is a place where someone can be situated in) I’ll have to come up with the logical rules myself. Somehow...