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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance

awa

awa
1. n. port, harbor, cove; channel or passage, as through a reef.
2. s. A harbor; a landing place; an entrance between two reefs; he awa o Kou ma Oahu, he awa ku moku; he nui na awa hookomo waa, there is the harbor of Kou on Oahu where ships anchor.
3. n. milkfish (Chanos chanos). Stages of growth are pua awa (puawa), young; awa ʻaua, medium size; awa, commercial size; awa kalamoho, very large.
4. A species of fish.
5. n. port, as in a computer.
6. v. To converse earnestly.
7. s. Name of a plant, of a bitter acrid taste, from which an intoxicating drink is made.
8. The name of the liquor itself expressed from the root of the plant; the drinking of awa causes the skin to crack and flake off for a time; i ka manawa e inu ai kekahi i ka awa, he maikai kona ili ke nana aku; a mahope, mahuna ka ili, nakaka, puehoeho, inoino loa ke nana aku.
9. Bitterness, from the name of the plant.
10. s. Fine rain; mist; he ua awa, ma ka mauna ia ua.

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239ʻAukuʻu kiaʻi awa.Heron that watches the harbor.
 [A spy.]
769He loko kapu ia, he awa ka iʻa noho; eia kā ua komo ʻia e ke ʻā kōkokī.It was a pond reserved only for awa fish, but now a bait-stealing ʻā fish has gotten into it.
 [A woman who is the wife of a fine man of chiefly rank is now having an affair with a worthless scamp.]
1023Hoʻi akula kaʻōpua i ke awa lau o Puʻuloa.The horizon cloud has gone back to the lochs of Puuloa.
 [He has gone home to stay, like the horizon clouds that settle in their customary places.]
1402Kaikoʻo ke awa, popoʻi ka nalu, ʻaʻohe ʻike ʻia ka poʻe nāna i heʻe ka nalu.The harbor is rough, the surf rolls, and the rider of the surf cannot be seen.
 [A stormy circumstance with uncertain results.]
1684Ke awa haulani o Māhukona.The restless harbor of Māhukona.
 [Poets refer also to the surging (hanupanupā) waves of Māhukona.]
1685Ke awa laʻi lulu o Kou.The peaceful harbor of Kou.
 [Honolulu Harbor.]
1686Ke awa lau o Puʻuloa.The many-harbored sea of Puuloa.
 [Puʻuloa is an early name for Pearl Harbor.]
2486Ola ke awa o Kou i ka ua Waʻahila.Life comes to the harbor of Kou because of the Waʻahila rain.
 [It is the rain of Nuʻuanu that gives water to Kou (now central Honolulu).]

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