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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance

ʻōlelo

ʻōlelo
1. v. see leo, voice, and lelo, the tongue. To speak; to say; (it implies a more formal or longer speech than i or hai); to converse.
2. To teach; to call; to invite, as to a feast. Ioan. 2:12.
3. To give a name. Isa. 56:7. E olelo hooweliweli, to threaten. Oih. 4:17. E olelo hooino, to curse. Nal. 22:17. E olelo hoomaikai, to bless; e olelo hoonani,to glorify; e olelo pohihi, to speak mystically, darkly. Ioan. 16:25. Opposite to olelo akaka. Ioan.16:20.
4. s. A word; a speech; language.
5. Counsel; plan; promise; an address; he mau olelo umi, the ten commandments. Puk. 34:28. Kana olelo, his word, i. e., that which one has spoken; kona olelo, what is said about him; kahi e olelo ai, an oracle; a place to utter an oracle. 1 Nal. 6:19, 20.
6. adv. Pane olelo, to speak a word; to answer a word. 2 Sam. 3:11.
7. nvt. language, speech, word, quotation, statement, utterance, term, tidings; to speak, say, state, talk, mention, quote, converse, tell; oral, verbatim, verbal, motion (in early House of Nobles regulations). cf. ex. nui₁: hoʻonui ʻōlelo, verbose.
8. n. language; statement.

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225ʻAʻole e ʻōlelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia.Fire will never say that it has had enough.
 [The fire of anger or of love will burn as long as it has something to feed upon.]
231ʻAʻole ʻoe koʻu hoa ʻōlelo.You are not the companion to talk with.
 [You are not my equal.]
348E mālama i ka ʻōlelo, i kuleana e kipa mai ai.Remember the invitation, for it gives you the privilege of coming here.
 [A person feels welcome when accepting an invitation and friendly promises.]
520He akua ʻai kahu ka lawena ʻōlelo.Gossip is a god that destroys its keeper.
705He kuapuʻu no a he kuapuʻu, like ka ʻōlelo ana.A hunchback and a hunchback have the same things to talk ahout.
 [Equals speak the same language and understand each other.]
767He lohe ʻōlelo iā Kalehuawehe, he ʻike maka iā Kuaokalā.Have only heard of Kalehuawehe, but have seen Kuaokalā.
 [That is only hearsay so I do not know much about it; but this I have seen and know about.]
1080Hoʻokahi no makani ʻino o ke Kalakalaʻihi Kalaloa, he hoʻonuinui ʻōlelo.There is only one bad wind, the Kalakalaʻihi Kalaloa, which creates too much talk.
 [Said of nasty words that start dissension and argument. A play on kalakala (rough) and kala loa (very rough). First uttered by the lizard-goddess Kilioe, who was trying to stir Pele to wrath by her insults.]
1081Hoʻokahi no ʻōlelo lohe a ke kuli.The deaf hear but one kind of speech.
 [That is, the bad odor that results from breaking wind. The deaf, unable to hear, smell the foul odor and turn to see who the culprit is.]
1229I lohe i ka ʻōlelo a hoʻokō, e ola auaneʻi a laupaʻi.One who hears good counsel and heeds [it] will live to see many descendants.
1191I ka ʻōlelo nō ka ola, i ka ʻōlelo nō ka make.Life is in speech; death is in speech.
 [Words can heal; words can destroy.]
1333Ka iʻa hāwanawana i ka wāwae, a ʻōlelo i ka lau o ka lima.The fish that whispers to the feet and speaks to the tips of the fingers.
 [The mahamoe, found in the sand. It is felt under the feet and picked up by the fingers.]
1408Kaino paha he pali nui o Kīpū e ʻōlelo ia nei, eia kā he pali iki nō.By the way it is talked about, one would think that Kīpū is a large cliff, but instead it is only a small one.
 [By the way people talked the task sounded difficult, but it was easy after all. Kīpū is on Kauaʻi.]
1693Keha kaʻakepa ka ʻōlelo i Hīhīmanu.High and round about goes the talk at Hīhīmanu.
 [Said of one who boasts repeatedly.]
1967Leʻaleʻa ka ʻōlelo i ka pohu aku o loko.Conversation is pleasant when the inside is calm.
 [Talk is pleasant when hunger is satisfied.]
2028Lū i ka ʻōlelo ʻawaʻawa.Scatters bitter words.
 [Curses another and says unkind words.]
2081Mai ʻōlelo i ke kuapuʻu e kū pololei, o hina auaneʻi.Dont tell the hunchback to stand up straight lest he fall down.
 [Don’t go around correcting others.]
2114Ma Koʻolau e ʻōlelo ai, he lohe ma Kona.Words spoken on the windward side are heard on the leeward side.
 [Said of anything spoken that travels very quickly through the land.]
2321No Hilina paha, ke huikau ala ka ʻōlelo.Perhaps he was born in Hilina — his speech is confused.
 [A play on hili (confusion). Hilina is the month of winds.]
2435ʻO ka poʻe e ʻai ana i ka loaʻa o ka ʻāina he lohe ʻōlelo wale aʻe nō i ka ua o Hawaiʻi.Those who eat of the product of the land merely hear of the rains in Hawaiʻi.
 [Said of absentee royal landlords who reap the gain but know nothing of the difficulties in the land where the toilers work.]
2449ʻO ke alelo ka hoe uli o ka ʻōlelo a ka waha.The tongue is the steering paddle of the words uttered by the mouth.
 [Advice to heed the tongue lest it speak words that offend.]
2496ʻŌlelo i ke aka ka hele hoʻokahi.One who travels alone has but his shadow to talk to.
 [Said by Hiʻiaka as she was leaving Kīlauea on her quest for Lohiʻau.]
2497ʻŌlelo ka waha, holehole ka lima.The mouth talks, the hand strips.
 [Said of one who says friendly words yet does unfriendly deeds.]
2498ʻŌlelo ke kupa o ka ʻāina ua mālie; ua au koaʻe.The natives of the land declare that the weather is calm when the tropic bird travels afar.
2598Paoa ka lawaiʻa i ka ʻōlelo ʻia o ka ʻawa.Unlucky is fishing when ʻawa is discussed.
 [ʻAwa (kava) also means “bitterness.”]
2614Pau ʻōlelo me ka luina, he kāpena ka hoa ʻōlelo.No more talking to sailors, only conversing with the captain.
 [Said of a person who has become prosperous and no longer associates with former friends.]
2862Uʻi nō ke kanaka; maikaʻi nō ka ʻōlelo.Handsome is the man; good are his words.
 [Said of one who is both good-looking and courteous.]
2919ʻōlelo i Kaunakakai.Loud talking at Kaunakakai.
 [Said of much boisterous talking. The chiefs liked to play games such as kōnane at Kaunakakai, and their shouts and laughter could be heard for some distance.]

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