Lush and beautiful verdure; a place where beautiful plants thrive; festively adorned.
Wehi means to adorned or decorative. Ulu means to grow. So literally uluwehi means “decorative growth”. You hear uluwehi in songs, names, chants. It is quite a beautiful word, only filled with good and positive feelings. In fact, all of the uluwehi people I know are WONDERFUL and CHARMING, and definitely a festive adornment no matter where they are. One of my favorite Uluwehi is a very popular entertainer and adorns himself in pīkake whenever possible.
If something or someone is all uluwehi he is probably all adorned in beautiful greenery.
A variation of uluwehi is uluwehiwehi. Same meaning. Just a reduplication of wehi.
Uluwehiwehi ʻoe i kaʻu ʻike lā, e ka Royal Hawaiian Hotel – You area so festive to see, O Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Uluwehiwehi ‘oe Lanikāula – Lanikāula (Kukui grove on Molokaʻi) you are lush lush and beautiful.
Uluwehi ʻo Kaʻala i ka maile me ka palapalai – Kaʻala is adorned in maile
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