Ulu

1. nvi. To grow, increase, spread; growth; increase or rising of the wind; to protect (PH 116, For. 6:474). Also unu. Cf. mea ulu. Ka ulu o ka lā, the rising of the sun. Kai ulu, sea at full tide. Ulu ehuehu, to grow fast, as a child. Mauka ʻoe e hele ai, ma ka uluo ka makani (PH 213), go inland where the wind blows. hoʻo.ulu To grow, sprout, propagate; to cause to increase, as the surf. Cf. mea hoʻ oulu, growth, crop. Ho ʻoulu mea kanu, horticulture. Mea hoʻoulu pilikia, troublemaker, agitator. Hoʻoulu lāhui, to increase and preserve the nation [said to be the aim of King Ka-lā-kaua]. Pule hoʻoulu ʻāina, prayer for the increased productivity of the land.

There are other meanings for ulu, eight total.  Two days ago, we learned about ulu, as in to be possessed by a god, or inspired by a spirit. Today’s ulu is spelled the same way but this may be a more common use of the word ulu – to grow.

You will notice that the difference between yesterday’s He Momi and today’s is the omission of the ‘okina in today’s ulu.  If you have a friend or aunty named Ulu, or Ululani, it probably does not have an ‘okina before it (although I suppose it could).  It would be the difference between “heavenly breadfruit”, or to “grow towards heaven”.  So you see, the ‘okina makes quite a difference in meaning, even though it is not always apparent in the pronunciation.

You can pick ‘ulu off a tree, you can cook it, and eat it.  But a tree can ulu, you can ulu, and you can see an ulu full of trees.

There are such place names as Uluhaimalama (inspiring offering of enlightenment), the name of Queen Lili’uokalani’s garden in Nu’uanu, Ulupē heiau (night inspiration) in Kailua, Oʻahu, and Ulumau Village (ever-growing) in Heʻeia, Oʻahu.

Hoʻoulu means to grow, sprout, propagate, and to cause to increase, or to stir up or inspire.

Ke ulu nei kāu keiki – Your child is growing.

Nani ka ulu kukui o Lanikāula – The kukui grove of Lanikāula is beautiful.

Pule hoʻoulu – prayer for inspiration

Ua ulu aʻe kona hoʻomana – His worshipping has grown.

Ua hoʻoulu ʻia kēia mau mea kanu ma ke kula – These plants were grown at school.

Ulu o ka lā – Growth of the sun (said of the light of sunrise just as the sun’s rim touches the horizon.

E ulu, e ulu kini o ke akua, ulu ʻo Kāne me Kanaloa (prayer) – Enter and inspire, may myriads of spirits enter and inspire, including Käne and Kanaloa.

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