There is no verb “to be” in Hawaiian.
  The copula may be entirely omitted, or represented by verb markers (ua, e … ana, ke … nei, i, e) or by he.
   ♦ I am well, ua maika'i au.
   ♦ I was well, ua maika'i au.
   ♦ I will be well, e maika'i ana au.
   ♦ You are happy, hau'oli 'oe.
   ♦ You were happy, hau'oli 'oe.
   ♦ He is going, e hele ana'oia, ke hele nei 'oia.
   ♦ To be with (accompany), 'alo.
   ♦ To be happy, noho me ka hau'oli.
   ♦ To be chief, noho ali'i.
   ♦ To be in a state of, hele ā, ka'a.
   ♦ She is a teacher, he kumu 'oia.

English-Hawaiian dictionary. 2015.

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