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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance

ʻōpua

ʻōpua
1. A bunch; a collection, as of bushes, leaves, &c.; he opua hao wale keia no ka aina; ke opua puakala. see opu.
2. s. The name of a class of gods among the poe akua noho.
3. s. Narrow pointed clouds hanging in the horizon; clouds of a singular shape arising out of the sea; opua kea, opua eleele.
4. adj. Existing or hanging in bunches or clusters; ao opua, clouds collected; kahi e puka mai ai na ao opua mai ka moana.
5. nvi. puffy clouds, as banked up near the horizon, often interpreted as omens; cumulus or billowy cloud, cloud bank; to form such clouds. see sayings, clouds, proud.
6. placename. street, Foster Village subdivision, Hālawa, Waipahu qd., Oʻahu. Name suggested by Mary Kawena Pukui in 1956. lit.: cloud bank.

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42Aia i ka ʻōpua ke ola: he ola nui, he ola laulā, he ola hohonu, he ola kiʻekiʻe.Life is in the clouds: great life, broad life, deep life, elevated Iife.
 [The reader of omens knows by their shape and color whether clouds promise rain and prosperity, or warn of disaster.]
55Aia ka wai i ka maka o ka ʻōpua.Water is in the face of the ʻōpua clouds.
 [In Kona, when the ʻōpua clouds appear in the morning, it’s a sign that rain is to be expected.]
1126Huhui nā ʻōpua i Awalau.The clouds met at Pearl Harbor.
 [Said of the mating of two people.]
1698Ke hoʻi aʻela ka ʻōpua i Awalau.The rain clouds are returning to Awalau.
 [Said of a return to the source.]
1844Kona, kai ʻōpua i ka laʻi.Kona, where the horizon clouds rest in the calm.
1917Kulu ka waimaka, uē ka ʻōpua.The tears fall; the clouds weep.
 [When rain falls at the time of a person’s death or during his funeral, it is said, the gods mingle their tears with those of the mourners.]
2134Māmā Kona i ka wai kau mai i ka maka o ka ʻōpua.Kona is lightened in having water in the face of the clouds.
 [Kona is relieved, knowing that there will be no drought, when the clouds promise rain.]
1907Kūkulu ka ʻike i ka ʻōpua.Knowledge is set up in the clouds.
 [Clouds are observed for signs and omens.]
2328Noho nō ke kanaka a ka lā mālie, kau ka ipu hōkeo a ka lawaiʻa, nānā ana i ka ʻōpua.A person waits for a clear day, sets up the gourd that holds the fishermans paraphernalia, and observes the clouds.
 [To a fisherman, a clear day, his tools, and the signs and omens seen in the clouds are important.]
2482ʻOla i ka wai a ka ʻōpua.There is life in the water from the clouds.
 [Rain gives life.]
2487Ola nā ʻilima wai ʻole i ke ao ʻōpua.Healed are the ʻilima of waterless places by the rain cloud.
2788Ua hoʻi ka ʻōpua i Awalua.The cloud has returned to Awalua.
 [Said of one who has gone home.]

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