Using the word “E” to make a suggestion or command

Sometimes, we want to suggest that somebody should do something, like “Kimo should go to Kauaʻi” or “The work should be finished before 4 o’clock”. To do this, we simply put the suggestive command word “e” before the action part of the sentence. The following are examples:

  • E holoholo ʻo Kimo i Kauaʻi – Kimo should go to Kauaʻi
  • E pau ka hana ma mua o ka hola ʻehā – The work should be finished before 4 o’clock

Let’s try to say some sentences. Listen and repeat after me. E hoʻomākaukau!

  • E haʻalele ka mokulele i ka hola ʻelima – the plane should leave at 5 o’clock
  • E holo ka moku i Puʻupehe – the boat should go to Puʻuhepe
  • E maikaʻi ka hana – the work should be good
  • E hauʻoli nā ipo ʻelua – the two sweethearts should be happy
  • E hoʻomākaukau – get ready
  • E hoʻolohe kākou! – we should all listen
  • E hoʻolohe mai ʻoe! – you should listen to me!
  • E wikiwiki ka hana – work should go fast
  • no ka mea – because
  • ua hoihoi kākou – because we are all interested
  • E hele ka malihini i luna o ka pali – the visitor should go to the top of the cliff

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Now, it is your turn to translate into Hawaiian from the English. E hoʻomākaukau!

  • Kealoha should go to Kona – E holoholo ʻo Kealoha i Kona
  • The work should be finished before 4 o’clock – E pau ka hana ma mua o ka hola ʻehā
  • The plane should leave at 5 o’clock – E haʻalele ka mokulele i ka hola ʻelima
  • The boat should go to Kaunakakai – E holo ka moku i Kaunakakai
  • The work should be good – E maikaʻi ka hana
  • The two sweethearts should be happy – E hauʻoli nā ipo ʻelua
  • Get ready! E hoʻomākaukau
  • We should all listen – E hoʻolohe kākou!
  • You should listen to me! – E hoʻolohe mai ʻoe!
  • Work should go fast, because we are all interested – E wikiwiki ka hana, no ka mea, ua hoihoi kākou
  • The visitor should go to the top of the cliff – E hele ka malihini i luna o ka pali

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