Brother or male cousin of a female, usually used only as term of address or as an affectionate variation of kaikunāne. (PPN tu(o)ngaʻane).
We are still spending the week learning sibling terms: kuaʻana, kaina, kuahine, and finally, kunāne. Kunāne is the word used for brother of a female. I have two kunāne, both older. More commonly used as kaikunāne.
When to use the shorter or longer version of all these terms?
kuaʻana – kaikuaʻana
kaina – kaikaina
kuahine – kaikuahine
kunāne – kaikunāne
There is a sense of “closeness” or, as stated above, affection, associated with the use of the shorter versions.
ʻElua oʻu kaikunāne – I have two brothers.
Aloha au i koʻu kunāne – I love my brother.