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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. inter. Why? What? For what reason? To do what? To ask what? (aha frequently follows he and is often written heaha.)
2. inter. pron Declinable with the definite article; indeclinable with the indefinite. Gram. § 159. Heaha, what? often united with the article; why? for what reason? Hal. 68:16. No keaha? i keaha? It is also used as an interrogative adverb, why?
3. v. To what; to do, &c.; e aha ana oia? what shall he do? Of course it is used only in the interrogative. Ioh. 20:21.
4. An interjection of surprise, wonder, &c. Ua heluhelu lakou, aha; ua loaa lakou e moe ana, aha.
5. s. A company or assembly of people for any purpose. Puk. 35:1. Often compounded with some qualifying word; as, ahaaina, ahaolelo, ahakanaka, ahahookolokolo, ahamokomoko, &c. see these compounds, which are sometimes written in one word, and sometimes divided. Ahaakohipa. a company for shearing sheep. 2 Sam. 13:23.
6. s. A cord braided from the husk of the cocoanut.
7. A cord braided from human hair.
8. Strings made from the intestines of animals; ka naau i mea aha moa, the intestines for strings to tie fowls with; he aha, pulu niu; he aha waa a me ka aha hoa waa, a cord for tying and strengthening a canoe in a storm; he aha palaoa, he lauoho i hili nilo ia.
9. v. To stretch the cord by which the first posts of a house were put down or set straight; e kii i ke kaula e aha ai, fetch the rope to make straight with.
10. fig. Aha, oia ka ana a me ka aha pololei no ke anpuni, aha, that is, to measure and direct straightly the government.
11. s. Used in the expressions, ua like na aha, the sides are equal; aha like, meaning side—measure perhaps.
12. s. Name of a certain prayer connected with a kapu; ina walaau ke kanaka i ka aha, make no ia, if a man should make a noise during the prayer, he would die, i. e., he would be guilty of an offense for which he would forfeit his life. The name originated in the fact that cocoanut fibre (see aha, below) is very strong when braided into strings; so this prayer, with its rigid kapus, was supposed to be very efficacious in holding the kingdom together in times of danger.
13. The success or answer of a prayer, or such a proper performance of prayer as to insure success; loaa ka kakou aha, we have received our prayer, i. e., the answer; ua lilo ka aha, alaila, e pule hou, the prayer is lost, (of no avail,) then pray again.
14. s. The earwig.
15. The name of a species of long fish swimming near the surface of the water.
16. num. adj see ha. Four; the number four; also eha.
17. s. Name of a small piece of wood, around which was wound a piece of kapa, and held in the hand of the priest while offering sacrifices;
18. Name of a kind of kapa made on Molokai.


248E aha ʻia ana o Hakipuʻu i ka palaoa lāwalu ʻono a Kaʻehu?What is happening to Hakipuu, with dough cooked in ti leaves, of which Kaehu is so fond?
 [This is a line of a chant composed by Kaʻehu, a poet and hula instructor from Kauaʻi. It refers to a part-white woman with whom he flirted. Used in humor when referring to Hakipuʻu, a place on the windward side of Oʻahu.]
508He aha aku nei kau i Konahuanui?What were you at Konahuanui for?
 [To dream of seeing the private parts exposed is a sign that there will be no luck on the following day.]
509He aha ka hala i kapuhia ai ka leo, i hoʻokuli mai ai?What was the wrong that forbade the voice, that caused the deafness?
 [What causes you to refuse to speak or listen to me?]
510He aha ka puana o ka moe?What is the answer to the dream?
 [What will the result of this be?]
511He aha kāu o ka lapa manu ʻole?What are you doing on a ridge where no birds are found?
 [That is a wild goose chase.]
820He moʻa no ka ʻai i ka pūlehu ʻia; he ahi nui aha ia e hoʻā ai?Food can be cooked in the embers; why should a big fire be lighted?
 [A small love affair will do; why assume the responsibilities of a permanent mating? Said by those who prefer to love and leave.]
1199I ke aha hoʻi? I ka ʻahakea!Why? The ʻahakea!
 [A saucy retort to the question “Why?” A play on aha (why) and ʻaha in the word ʻahakea. The ʻahakea is a native tree.]
2343No nehinei aʻe nei nō; he aha ka ʻike?[He] just arrived yesterday; what does he hnow?

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