"Sing the song from the beginning."

Translation:E hīmeni i ke mele mai kinohi.

June 23, 2019



Please explain usage - mai - following hīmeni. Thank you.

June 23, 2019


In the sentence "E hīmeni i ke mele mai kīnohi", the "mai" coming before "kīnohi" can be translated as "from". The phrase "mai kīnohi" can be translated as "from the beginning" or "from the top".

If you're talking about "mai" immediately after "hīmeni" however, "hīmeni mai", then that "mai" can be described by this definition:

mai — Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng, 1. Directional part., towards the speaker, this way.

"Mai" is a directional word that is used in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. It gives the sense of "towards the speaker" to an action, when following the action word. "E hīmeni (mai) i ke mele" -> Sing the song (this way/hither/towards me). But oftentimes it is not translated so directly.

August 16, 2019
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