Aloha kākou and Aloha mai kākou
Hi, I was wondering what the difference between 'Aloha kākou.' and 'Aloha mai kākou.' is. I know that 'Aloha kākou.' means something like 'Hello to all of us.'. But what does the added 'mai' do?
Aloha e @ Blaze1909 , I am hoping I will be able to explain this clearly, but keep in mind to leave English greetings mindsets out for this one.
"Mai" in Hawaiian, used in this way, is a directional marker. It can mean very simply "toward the speaker". In this case letʻs look at the sentences you gave in your example.
Aloha kākou. Greetings between all of us. All of us greet each other. Hello from me and all of you. (We are all included in this greeting process)
Aloha mai kākou. Greetings that are coming into me and I am acknowledging this and sending this back out to all of you. Heartfelt greetings. A very familiar and fond sense of the greetings that we are sharing together.
The short answer is that it just makes it very familiar and warmer of a greeting, haha! Hope this helps! ^_^v