Aloha e @3CelticVikings , Did it only have "do not," or also included "toward the speaker?"
Mai is a word that has several uses actually. In the same way that "ua" means rain (in noun-like usage), "to rain" (in verb-like usage), and a past tense marker ( when preceding a verb-like usage word)....
"Mai" is a directional marker meaning "towards the speaker." When Mai precedes a verb-like usage word, it creates the Negative Imperative. More or less the opposite of "E" when preceding a verb-like usage word. Examples:
- E hele ma ʻō. Go there (over there). You should go there (over there).
- Mai hele ma ʻō. Do not go there (over there).
So long story short, in your example the "mai" is used as a directional, not a negative imperative, but could if in a different order.
Hope this helps!