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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance

akua

akua
1. vs. god, goddess, spirit, ghost, devil, image, idol, corpse; divine, supernatural, godly. Akua might mate with humans and give birth to normal humans, moʻo, or kupua (Nānā 23). Children of Kamehameha by Keopuolani were sometimes referred to as akua because of their high rank. Kauā, or outcasts, were sometimes called akua because they were despised as ghosts.
2. s. Among Hawaiians, formerly, the name of any supernatural being, the object of fear or worship; a god. The term, on the visit of foreigners, was applied to artificial objects, the nature or properties of which Hawaiians did not understand, as the movement of a watch, a compass, the self-striking of a clock, &c. At present, the word Akua is used for the true God, the Deity, the object of love and obedience as well as fear.
3. n. God (Christian).
4. n. "it" in a game of tag or hide-and-seek.
5. name of the 14th night of the full moon.
6. The name of the night when the moon was perfectly full; a akaka loa o ia poepoe ana, o Akua ia po; hence it would seem that the ancient idea of an Akua embraced something incomprehensible, powerful, and yet complete, full orbed. The names of the four principal gods of the Hawaiians were Ku, Lono, Kane, and Kanaloa.
7. a banana.

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102Akua lehe ʻoi.Sharp-lipped goddess.
 [An epithet for Pele, who devoured even the rocks and trees.]
103Akua nō hoʻi nā hana!Such extraordinary behavior!
 [Said of a person who is mean and willful, with no thought for anyone but himself. He is compared to the heroic figures of old (akua) who were born deformed and abandoned as infants, then rescued and raised to adulthood. Such persons were often belligerent by nature.]
364E ola au i ke akua.May I live by God.
 [An oath. God is witness that one is not guilty of the misdeed of which he is accused.]
370E pale lauʻī i ko akua ke hiki aku i Kona.Place a shield of ti leaves before your god when you arrive in Kona.
 [A message sent by Kaʻahumanu to Liholiho requesting him to free the kapu of his god Kūkāʻilimoku. Kaʻahumanu was at that time striving to abolish the kapu system.]
520He akua ʻai kahu ka lawena ʻōlelo.Gossip is a god that destroys its keeper.
521He akua ʻai ʻopihi ʻo Pele.Pele is a goddess who eats limpets.
 [Pele was said to be fond of swimming and surfing. While doing so she would pause to eat seafood.]
522He akua ʻai pilau.A filth-eating god.
 [Said of a god who heeds the voice of a sorcerer and goes on errands of destruction.]
577He hikuhiku nā kini akua.The host of gods are many, many.
 [There are none higher than the gods.]
640He ʻio ʻoe, he ʻio au, he ʻio nā ʻānela o ke akua, kiʻi maila nō iā ʻoe a lawe.You are a hawk, I am a hawk, and the angels of God are hawks.
 [Uttered by Hitchcock, a missionary, over the coffin of a sorcerer who had threatened to pray him to death and referred to himself as an ʻio, the bird that flies the highest.]
732Hele aku ʻoe ma ʻaneʻi, he waʻa kanaka; hoʻi mai ʻoe ma ʻō he waʻa akua.When you go from here, the canoe will contain men; when you return, it will be a ghostly canoe.
 [Warning to Keouakuahuʻula by his kahuna not to go to meet Kamehameha at Kawaihae. He went anyway and was killed.]
1095Hōʻole akua, hōʻole mana.Deny the gods, deny their power.
 [Said of an unbeliever who denies the power of the gods.]
1103Hoʻonā ke ola i ka hale o ke akua.The distresses of life are relieved in the house of the god.
 [The gods help man.]
1310Kāhiko o ke akua.The adornment of the gods.
 [A shower of rain. The gods express their approval with rain.]
1592Ka ua ʻōʻiliʻili maka akua.The rain that appears here and there to denote the presence of a god.
 [Said of the rain that falls with a drop here and a drop there instead of falling in a shower.]
1671Ke akua liʻiliʻi hana ʻole i ka lani me ke honua.Little god who did not create heaven and earth.
 [A saying used by Christian Hawaiians to express scorn for any god of old Hawaiʻi.]
1818Ko ke akua haʻi āmio.The gods reveal through narrow channels.
 [The gods reveal to the priests, and the priests declare to the people.]
2006Lilo i Puna i ke au a ka hewahewa, hoʻi mai ua piha ka hale i ke akua.Gone to Puna on a vagrant current and returning, fnds the house full of imps.
 [From a chant by Hiʻiaka when she faced the lizard god Panaʻewa and his forest full of imps in a battle. It was later used to refer to one who goes on his way and comes home to find things not to his liking.]
2013Liʻu nā maka o ke akua i ka paʻakai.The eyes of the supernatural beings are made to smart with salt.
 [Said of people who have been duped.]
2019Lohiʻau Puna i ke akua wahine.Puna is retarded by the goddess.
 [Refers to Pele, ruler of volcanoes. The lava flows she pours into the district retard the work and progress of the people.]
2234Na ke akua ʻoe e ʻike.May the god see you.
 [An ʻānai (to rub hard) curse that someone meet with dire trouble sent him by the gods. To alleviate this, one replies quickly, if he remembers to, “Me ʻoe nō kāuʻ (“Let your words remain with you”) or “Hoʻi nō kāu ʻōlelo maluna ou” (“May your words go back on you”). This turning back of a curse is called hoʻihoʻi.]
2356ʻO ʻAwili ka nalu, he nalu kapu kai na ke akua.ʻAwili is the surf, a surf reserved for the ceremonial bath of the goddess.
 [Refers to Pele. There were three noted surfs at Kalapana, Puna: Kalehua, for children and those just learning to surf; Hoʻeu, for experienced surfers; and ʻAwili, which none dared to ride. When the surf of ʻAwili was rolling dangerously high, all surfing and canoeing ceased, for that was a sign that the gods were riding.]
2451ʻO ke aliʻi lilo i ka leʻaleʻa a mālama ʻole i ke kanaka me ke kapu akua, ʻaʻole ia he aliʻi e kū ai i ka moku.The chief who is taken with pleasure-seeking and cares not for the welfare of the people or the observation of the kapu of the gods, is not the chief who will become a ruler.
 [Said by Kekūhaupiʻo to Kamehameha. Advice to young people that success comes not by seeking idle pleasure but by living up to one’s beliefs and caring for the welfare of others.]
2492ʻOla nō ka mea akua, make nō ka mea akua ʻole.He who has a god lives; he who has none, dies.
 [A god was regarded as a helper and protector of his devotee.]
2553Paʻa aku i ka lani o kā ke akua ia, a hāʻule mai i lalo o kā Laiana ia.What is held up in heaven is Godʻs, and what falls below is Lyonsʻs.
 [A reply made by the Reverend Lorenzo Lyons (Makua Laiana) when he was charged with being careless in accepting people as members of his church. He loved and accepted them and did not adhere rigidly to certain rules before allowing them to become members.]
2934Weliweli Puna i ke akua wahine.Puna dreads the goddess.
 [Puna dreads Pele. Said of any dreaded person.]

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