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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance

ʻuala

ʻuala
1. s. see U and ala, sweet. The sweet potato.
2. n. the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), a perennial, wide-spreading vine, with heart-shaped, angled, or lobed leaves and pinkish-lavender flowers. The tuberous roots are a valuable food, and they vary greatly in many ways, as in color and shape. Though of South American origin, the plant has been a staple food since ancient times in many parts of Polynesia, as well as in some other regions. (HP 131–66).
3. n. a variety of sugar cane, a yellow mutant of ʻakoki with large stalks; often called pilimai and similar to it but stronger.
4. n. see uhi ʻuala, a variety of yam (Dioscorea alata).
5. The large muscles of the upper arm. Anat. 18.
6. n. large muscles of the upper arm, biceps, brachii.
7. A name of a certain kind of leho, a sea shell. Sometimes written uwala.
8. n. a kind of cowry shell (no data).

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570He Hawaiʻi ʻuala Kahiki.An Irish-potato Hawaiian.
 [A term of derision applied to a native Hawaiian who apes the ways of the whites instead of appreciating the culture of his own people. Also said to one who is absolutely ignorant of his own culture.]
946He ʻuala ka ʻai hoʻōla koke i ka wī.The sweet potato is the food that ends famine quickly.
 [The sweet potato is a plant that matures in a few months.]
1347Ka iʻa kaʻa poepoe o Kalapana, ʻīnaʻi ʻuala o Kaimū.The round, rolling fish of Kalapana, to be eaten with the sweet potato of Kaimū.
 [The kukui nut, cooked and eaten as a relish. This is from a hoʻopāpā riddling chant in the story of Kaipalaoa, a boy of Puna, Hawaiʻi, who went to Kauaʻi to riddle with the experts there and won.]
2123Māla ʻuala.Potato patch.
 [Said in annoyance by an oldster when another Hawaiian asks in English, “What’s the matter?” “Matter” sounds like “māla,” and the retort “Māla ʻuala" squelches any more questioning.]
2290Nā puʻe ʻuala hoʻouai.Movable mounds of sweet potato.
 [It was the custom of Pūlaʻa, Puna, Hawaiʻi, to remove the best mounds of sweet potato, earth and all, to wide strips of thick, coarse lauhala mats stretched out on racks. When a chief came on a visit, these mats were placed on the right-hand side of the road and made kapu. Should he return, the mat-grown potato field was carried to the opposite side of the road so that it would still be on the right of the traveling chief.]
2291Nā puʻe ʻuala ʻīnaʻi o ke ala loa.The sweet-potato mounds that provide for a long journey.
 [Said of a patch of sweet potatoes whose crops are reserved for a voyage or journey.]
2447ʻO ka wai kau nō ia o Keʻanae; ʻo ka ʻūlei hoʻowali ʻuala ia o Kula.It is the pool on the height of Keanae; it is the ʻūlei digging stick for the potato [patch] of Kula.
 [A handsome young man of Kula and a beautiful young woman of Keʻanae, on Maui, were attracted to each other. She boasted of her own womanly perfection by referring to her body as the pool on the heights of Keʻanae. Not to be outdone, he looked down at himself and boasted of his manhood as the digging stick of Kula.]
2810ʻUala liʻiliʻi o Kalepolepo.Small potatoes from Kalepolepo.
 [Said of a stupid person.]
2811ʻUala neʻeneʻe o Kohala.Neʻeneʻe potato of Kohala.
 [A person who hangs around constantly. Neʻeneʻe, a variety of sweet potato, also means “to move up closer.”]

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