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"Kaleo has seven surfboards."

Translation:ʻEhiku papa heʻe nalu o Kaleo.

July 8, 2019



When do I use ʻo and when do I use just o? A native speaking friend told me that using ʻo before a proper noun is acceptable. Is this incorrect? Help!


The "o" in this case is possessive (of Kaleo), in the 'awe portion of the sentence. When you are talking about someone, use the ʻo version in the piko portion of the sentence. Disclaimer! - I've only completed the first semester of Hawaiian at UH


Thank you for helping me.

What do the terms ʻawe and piko mean?

PS: Pehea ka papa ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi? I am thinking about enrolling next fall. Is there only one instructor?


I'm at UH Maui - lots of classes here. ʻAwe (the "center") and piko (the "detail") refer to sections of a basic sentence structure (there is also poʻo - the "head").


Mahalo for the information.

You taught me something new today!


oops - I made a mistake! ʻAwe is the "detail" and piko is the "center": poʻo - piko - ʻawe


There is a free online class from UH. Check out KTUH Honolulu on Facebook and look for Papa 'Ölelo Hawai'i. Every Monday at 5:30 p.m. spring semester just started January 18th.


Could this also mean "Kaleo's seven surfboards"?


As part of another sentence, yes o believe so. But this is a stand-alone sentence, in Ka Pepeke Nonoʻa (Possessive) form. Here is more information:



I'm trying to remember why you can't use aia here?? (Aia 'o Kaleo i 'ehuku papa he'e nalu?)


Aia is used in a Pepeke Henua (locational sentence - when/where)

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