The Kaʻi Determiners #1: He

Kaʻi Determiners and Articles in Hawaiian — Video Lesson 0601V


Aloha everyone! This video is about 18 minutes long and is the first one to teach you about kaʻi-type words in Hawaiian pepeke grammar. In English terms, these kaʻi are known as determiners and articles (both definite and indefinite). But I won’t talk about the English grammar in these videos; I would rather introduce you directly to the first ka’i you will learn, which is he, meaning “a” or “an” in English. Then we will practice putting it to use right away!

What You Will Learn

Besides learning what a kaʻi is, will also have the chance to learn several new vocabulary words and apply your knowledge of the ka’i “he” to those new vocabulary words. You will be able to say things such as the following:

he aliʻia chief
he ʻāpalaan apple
he halea house
he kaʻaa car
he keikia child
he melea song, chant, or poem
he mokupunian island
he ʻukulele1an ʻukulele (“a yukalaylay”)


  • 1. please don’t ever say that “yukalaylay” word. ;)

Extra Resources

There is a printable PDF overview which accompanies this video. Go to 0601G Kaʻi #1: Introductory Lesson Worksheet to download it.

Next Steps

After you have looked over the PDF, go off and practice, practice, and practice more with your own words! Following a little time practicing, you will be ready to move on to the next video: 0602V The Kaʻi Determiners #2: Ka, Ke.

Video Outline

  1. Introduction to the meaning of kaʻi
  2. English examples
  3. “A” or “An” in English
  4. The kaʻi “he” (a, an) in Hawaiian
  5. Practicing with new vocabulary
  6. Some common animal names
  7. Techniques for practice

Length: 18 minutes

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