1. vt. to swallow, engulf, gulp, absorb.
2. v. To swallow, in various senses; e moni aku.
3. When anything disagreeable is to be taken.
4. To drink in, as water.
5. To drink in, as the earth drinks water.
6. To swallow up, as the earth. Nah. 16:32. To absorb; to swallow, as a flood; to destroy.
7. To overpower, as an army. 2 Sam. 17:16. Ale wale, to swallow without choking.
8. n. hollow or cavern on the sea floor.
9. n. an endemic mountain plant (Plantago princeps), 60 cm to 2 m high, rarely branching, stem woody, with long narrow leaves at top; related to the laukahi.
10. Ke ale mai, to come up into, as tears into the eyes; as poets say, the tears welled up in her eyes.
11. s. A wave; a billow put in motion by the wind; a wave of the sea. Iob. 9:8. Aloia mai ai na ale ino o Lao Hao, having escaped the raging billows of Cape Horn; make iho nei ia iloko o ka ale o Pailolo, he was lately drowned in the waves of Pailolo; loi ale no i ke alia o kolo. fig. Ale o ka make. 2 Sam. 22:5. Holo pipi ka ale o ka moana, the crest of a wave; ka ale, water put in motion; ka ale wai hau a ke ’kua, water of snow of the god. NOTE.—It was supposed that the gods made the snow.
• wave, crest of a wave, billow;
• to ripple, form waves, stir; rippling, stirring.
• to well, as tears in the eyes;
13. n. wave, as a swell in the open ocean. cf. nalu.
14. n. gust.
15. n. are, a unit of measure.
|109||ʻAle mai ke aloha kau i ka maka.||Love comes like a billow and rests before the eyes.|
| ||[Said of an overwhelming love that leaves a constant yearning, with the image of one’s affections ever before one.]|
|229||ʻAʻole make ka waʻa i ka ʻale o waho, aia no i ka ʻale o loko.||A canoe is not swamped by the billows of the ocean, but by the billows near the land.|
| ||[Trouble often comes from one’s own people rather than from outsiders.]|
|371||E paneʻe ka waʻa ʻoi moe ka ʻale.||Set the canoes moving while the billows are at rest.|
| ||[Said by Holowae, a kahuna, to suggest that Kalaniʻōpuʻu retum to Hawaiʻi while there was peace. Later used to stir one to action.]|
|404||Haehae ka manu, ke ʻale nei ka wai.||Tear up the birds, the water is surging.|
| ||[Let us hurry, as there is no time for niceties. Kaneʻalohi and his son lived near the lake of Halulu at Waiʻaleʻale, Kauaʻi. They were catchers of ʻuwaʻu birds. Someone falsely accused them of poaching on land belonging to the chief of Hanalei, who sent a large company of warriors to destroy them. The son noticed agitation in the water of Halulu and cried out a warning to his father, who tore the birds to hasten cooking.]|
|474||Haoʻe nā ʻale o Hōpoe i ka ʻino.||The billows of Hōpoe rise in the storm.|
| ||[His anger is mounting. Hōpoe, Puna, has notoriously high seas.]|
|530||He ʻale kua loloa no ka moana.||A long-backed wave of the ocean.|
| ||[The boast of a strong man who likens his back to the waves of the sea.]|
|844||He noio ʻaʻe ʻale no ke kai loa.||A noio that treads over the billows of the distant sea.|
| ||[An expression of admiration for a person outstanding in wisdom and skill. The noio is a small tern.]|
|1013||Hō aʻe ka ʻike heʻe nalu i ka hokua o ka ʻale.||Show [your] knowledge of surfing on the back of the wave.|
| ||[Talking about one’s knowledge and skill is not enough; let it be proven.]|
|1058||Honuaʻula, e pāluku ʻia ana nā kihi poʻohiwi e nā ʻale o ka Moaʻe.||Honuaʻula whose shoulders are pummelled by the Moaʻe wind.|
| ||[A poetical expression for a person being buffeted by the wind. Honuaʻula, Maui, is a windy place.]|
|1142||Huli kua nā ʻale o ka moana.||The billows of the ocean turn their backs on each other.|
| ||[Said of friends who are not on speaking terms.]|
|1318||Kahu i ka lae o ka manō, he ʻale ka wahie.||Kindle a fire on the forehead of a shark with waves for fuel.|
| ||[Said when food in the imu is not cooked because of a lack of firewood. A criticism of the hosts’ half-cooked food.]|
|1351||Ka iʻa kaulana i ka waha o ka ʻale.||The fish that rests over the furrows of the billows.|
| ||[The mālolo, or flying fish.]|
|1479||Ka manu kaʻupu hālō ʻale o ka moana.||The kaʻupu, the bird that observes the ocean.|
| ||[Said of a careful observer.]|
|1637||Kaʻupu hehi ʻale o ka moana.||The kaʻupu bird that steps on the ocean billows.|
| ||[A ship.]|
|1688||Ke ʻehuehu nei nā ʻale.||The billows show signs of a rough sea.|
| ||[Said of a person whose temper is rising.]|
|1789||Kihe ka ihu i ka ʻale.||One who sneezes when the spray from the surf rises at the bow of the canoe.|
| ||[Said of one who braves danger with indifference.]|
|2199||Nā ʻale āpiʻipiʻi o nā kai ʻewalu.||The rising billows of the eight seas.|
| ||[The “eight seas” are the channels between the islands.]|
|2200||Nā ʻale hānupanupa o Pailolo.||The choppy billows of Pailolo.|
| ||[Pailolo is the channel between Oʻahu and Molokaʻi.]|
|2201||Nā ʻale kua loloa o Kaʻieʻie.||The long-backed billows of Kaʻieʻie.|
| ||[Kaʻieʻie is the channel between Kauaʻi and Oʻahu.]|
|2202||Nā ʻale kuehu o Māmala.||The billows of Māmala with wind-blown sprays.|
| ||[Māmala is the entrance to Honolulu Harbor.]|
|2678||Pohāpohā ka ihu o ka waʻa i ka ʻale o ka Mumuku.||The prow of the canoe is slapped by the billows in the Mumuku gale.|
| ||[Said of a person buffeted by circumstances or of one who has received many blows by the fist.]|