Monthly Archives: March 2017

ʻAlu

ʻalu vi. Depression, gutter, ravine; lines of the hand, loose skin over the eyeball; tuck in a garment, shirring, ruffling; descent, as of trail or road; of low rank (Kep. 125); to bend, duck, hang, sag, slacken, stoop; to relax; … Continue reading

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Poʻalima

Friday Plain and SIMPLE. Used to be, back in the day, Poʻalima was written Pōʻalima. Kahakō over the o because pō means night. And really, Friday starts at 12:01 am. Still pō out there. But no one pronounces it that … Continue reading

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Hoʻohihi

To cause entanglement; to entwine, entangle. To take a fancy to, admire greatly, be enraptured with.  You know when you are young (well, when you are old, too, I suppose) and you take a fancy to someone?  That is hoʻohihi.  … Continue reading

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Puʻu

1. n. Any kind of a protuberance from a pimple (puʻu 2) to a hill: hill, peak, cone, hump, mound, bulge, heap, pile, portion, bulk, mass, quantity, clot, bunch, knob; heaped, piled, lumped, bulging; pregnant; to pucker. Fig., obstacle, burden, problem, discomfort, … Continue reading

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Lālā

1. nvi. Branch, limb, bough, coconut frond; timber, as of outrigger boom or float; wing of an army; to branch out, form branches, diverge.  2. n. Member, as of a society. 3. n. Term in fractions. 4. n. Slip, as of hibiscus. 5. … Continue reading

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Hīmeni

nvt. Hymn, any song not used for hulas; to sing a hīmeni. Eng. Hīmeni wae, selected hymn or anthem. Ā hīmeni aku ka poʻe hīmeni (2 Oihn. 29.28), the singers sang. Merriam-Webster defines a hymn as a song of praise to God as well as a song … Continue reading

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Pupuka

vs. Ugly, unsightly, unseemly, unattractive, homely, wicked Downright ugliness. Now I don’t know that I equate being ugly with that homely look, but I suppose for some people that may be the case. Andrews and Parker Dictionary have a few … Continue reading

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