Translation Exercise KLH59

Instructions

Here is an exercise for you to work on to practice some of the structures you know already in Hawaiian and to put in vocabulary words you may need to look up in the online dictionary. You will also learn some new things by looking closely at the Hawaiian; use the context of the Hawaiian story to help inform you of the correct meaning of the new words in the story.

Use the Wehewehe Wikiwiki dictionary to help you with new words you may encounter.

Part One

(1) Translate the following passage from Hawaiian to English and try and learn some new ideas from it.

Leilehua: E Mēlia, e ʻai pū kākou i ka ʻaina ahiahi ma koʻu hale.

Mēlia: Hiki nō, mahalo. I kēia lā?

Leilehua: Ē. Ua hele mai koʻu mau hoahānau mai Hilo mai i nehinei. Ua lawe mai lākou i kekahi mau mea ʻono.

Mēlia: ʻO ka mea ʻono iʻa Kepanī? (Japanese fishcake)

Leilehua: Ē, a me ka ʻopihi mai Keaukaha, ka pipi kaula mai Pāpaʻaloa, a me ka poi ʻulu mai Puna mai!

Mēlia: Kaulana loa ia mau meaʻai mai Hawaiʻi, akā, he mea pipiʻi ka ʻopihi, ʻaʻole anei?

Leilehua: ʻAe, pipiʻi loa! Akā, ua hele koʻu mau hoahānau e kuʻi ʻopihi ma Keaukaha, a ua pōmaikaʻi lākou. Nui ka ʻopihi!

Mēlia: Pōmaikaʻi nō kākou i ka ʻai ʻana i ia mau meaʻai! A hui hou i kēia ahiahi.

Leilehua: A hui hou nō!


It’s always a great idea and a common practice to take local specialties and goodies to friends when travelling to other islands!

Part Two

(2) Translate the following story (broken into sentences) into Hawaiian.

  1. My family went to Kauaʻi this past summer.
  2. We stayed in a big house in Kīlauea in the north of the island.
  3. The big kids surfed in the sea at Kalihiwai, …
  4. … and the little kids played in the sand.
  5. Papa gathered ʻopihi on the big rocks on the Līhuʻe side of Kalihiwai, …
  6. … and my cousins prepared lunch.
  7. They brought poke, limu kohu, and salt. So delicious!
  8. We ate lots of Hawaiian food at that time. (ʻai nui = to eat plenty)

ANSWERS

Unuhi Pāpāʻōlelo (Part One)

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Unuhi Moʻolelo (Part Two)

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