Monthly Archives: February 2016

Uluhe

n. All Hawaiian species of false staghorn fern (formerly known as Gleichenia spp., now listed under three genera: Dicranopteris, Hicriopteris, Sticherus), weedy, creeping, branching ferns, forming dense thickets. (Neal 9.) Also unuhe. (PPN hulufe.) One of the first things I … Continue reading

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Palapalai

1. n. Same as palai, a fern. 2. A Niʻihau name for niʻaniʻau and kupukupu. 3. Niʻihau name for gold fern, Pityrogramma calomelanos (syn. P. chrysophylla). (Neal 20.) While I did say that palaʻā is one of my favorite ferns, … Continue reading

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Palaʻā

1. n. The lace fern (Sphenomeris chinensis syn. chusana), a common wild fern in Hawaiʻi; also known in other parts of Polynesia and in Asia. Long, slender stems support smooth, ovate, pointed fronds, about 30 cm long, which are subdivided … Continue reading

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Kupukupu

1. Redup. of kupu 1; to surge forth, as lava. (For. 6:545.) See ex., unu 2. (PPN tuputupu.) 2. n. General name for ferns on a single stem, such as kupukupu 3.  3. n. Sword fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), a long, narrow fern with many … Continue reading

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ʻAʻohe mālama pau i ka ʻiole

No one who takes care of his possessions has ever found them eaten by rats. When one takes care of his goods he will not suffer losses. This is an ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise saying) that I first taught my students … Continue reading

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Mālamalama

1. Redup. of malama 1 (light, month, moon); light of knowledge, clarity of thinking or explanation, enlightenment; shining, radiant, clear. Ka mālamalama o ka ʻākau, northern lights. hoʻo.mā.lama.lama To cause light, brighten, illuminate, enlighten, inform, civilize. (PNP malamalama.) 2. Coris ballieui, a … Continue reading

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Hoʻopaʻa Haʻawina

To study. Hoʻopaʻa means to “make firm” or “make fast” (recognize that paʻa word in there meaning solid or hard? Same one used in kūkae paʻa – constipation). Haʻawina is the Hawaiian word for lessons, assignment, or task. So when … Continue reading

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