nvs. Rest, repose, vacation; freedom from pain; at ease, comfort. See mahamaha 2. ho’o.maha Vacation; to take a rest or vacation; to retire, stop work; to obtain relief; to pause; rest in music.
There’s something about the summer. While it is probably one of the busiest times of the year (second maybe to Christmas), it is also a time to hoʻomaha – rest. Maha – rest. I know that’s what all my teacher friends have planned!
Thus, today’s He Momi is maha. Rest, repose, at ease. Vacation is hoʻomaha. E hoʻomaha kākou – Let’s take a rest. Ua hoʻomaha ʻo ia – He rested (retired). The word maha connotates feelings of utter freedom. Relief. Ua maha koʻu naʻau – My naʻau is at ease. In other words, I feel good about it (whatever it may be).
Hoʻomaha ʻole ke kai a Mokupaoa – The sea of Mokupaoa never rests (Said of anything or anyone who goes on and on without resting. Mokupaoa is a place name.)
Kuʻu ka luhi, ua maha -He has let down his weariness and is at rest (He is dead. He has left all his labors, all that wearied his mind and body, and now he is at peace).
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