Making the Subject of the Sentence an Inoa (name)

Making the subject of a sentence an inoa, or name.

We have already learned how to use “kākou” as a subject, as well as any common noun, like “ka malihini” or “nā kānaka”. Now we shall learn how to use an inoa, or name, as a subject in a sentence. To do so, we simply use the name after the action part of the sentence, and add “ʻo” to indicate to the listener that a name is coming up. E hoʻolohe mai. Listen:

Using kākou (all of us) as the subject:
E mālie ana kākou – We will all be calm Using nā malihini (the visitors):
E hele ana nā malihini – The visitors will be calm
E mālie ana ʻo Hilo – Hilo will be calm

If you hear the example name “Kimo” used in any of the upcoming lessons, you can substitute the name of any person you choose in its place just for practice. Hoʻomākaukau!

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  • E kaulana loa ana ʻo Māui – Māui will become very famous
  • E ulu nui ana ʻo Kimo – Kimo will grow large
  • E ʻoluʻolu ana ʻo Ukumehame – Ukumehame valley will be comfortable
  • E mālie maikaʻi ana ʻo Molokini – Molokini islet will be nice and calm
  • E holo loa ana ʻo Kimo – Kimo will run all the way
  • E hoʻoholo ana ʻo Māui – Māui will decide
  • E pololei ana ʻo Kimo – Kimo will be correct
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E unuhi mai. Do your best to translate the following into Hawaiian. Hoʻomākaukau!

  • Māui will become very famous – E kaulana loa ana ʻo Māui
  • Kimo will grow large – E ulu nui ana ʻo Kimo
  • Ukumehame valley will be comfortable – E ʻoluʻolu ana ʻo Ukumehame
  • Molokini islet will be nice and calm – E mālie maikaʻi ana ʻo Molokini
  • Kimo will run all the way – E holo loa ana ʻo Kimo
  • Māui will decide – E hoʻoholo ana ʻo Māui
  • Kimo will be correct – E pololei ana ʻo Kimo
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