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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. s. Paa and kai, sea water. Salt; that which gives sea water its taste; ke kumu o ke kai. Oihk. 2:13.
2. n. salt; encrusted discharge in the inner corners of the eyes, as after sleeping. Types of salt are paʻakai lele wai, very fine, dried salt; paʻakai walewale, slimy salt; paʻakai puʻupuʻu, coarse salt; paʻakai lepo, salt mixed with earth; paʻakai ʻulaʻula, salt mixed with ocherous earth.
3. A species of kalo.
4. n. a variety of taro, usually grown in the uplands, the plant short and stocky; petioles dark-green, edged with red; corm flesh white, used chiefly for poi.
5. a seaweed.


271E hahai ana nō ke kolekole i kahi nui a ka wahie, a e hahai ana no ke ʻino i kahi nui o ka paʻakai.Underdone meat follows along even where wood is plentiful, and decomposition follows along even where much salt is found.
 [Even where good is found, evil creeps in.]
375E pū paʻakai aku a paʻa ka houpo.Take a bit of salt till the diaphragm is solid.
 [Said by one whose fare is humble, consisting mostly of poi with salt or kukui relish. “Eat till you are satisfied of this humble fare.”]
754Hele nō ka pilau a ke ālia, i kahi nui o ka paʻakai.Decomposition can also he found where there is so much salt that the earth is encrusted.
 [Scandal is found even in the best of families.]
874He paʻakai auaneʻi ke kanaka o heheʻe.Man isn’t salt that melts.
 [Said to encourage someone to venture out into the rain.]
972He wahī paʻakai.Just a package of salt.
 [Something good; a gift of anything one has grown or made.]
1028Hoʻi hou ka paʻakai i Waimea.The salt has gone back to Waimea.
 [Said when someone starts out on a journey and then comes back again. The salt of Waimea, Kauaʻi, is known for its reddish brown color.]
1082Hoʻokahi no ʻōpae, ʻula ka paʻakai.One shrimp can redden the salt.
 [Said of a poor fare of food due to a bad crop. A single shrimp and some salt will do for the time being, as long as the shrimp flavors and colors the salt.]
1216I komo ka ʻai i ka paʻakai.It is the salt that makes the poi go in.
 [Poi tastes much better with salted meats. If there is no meat, one can make a meal of poi and salt.]
1321Kāhunahuna paʻakai o Kālia.Fine-grained salt of Kālia.
 [A derogatory expression for the dried, viscid matter in the comers of the eyes of an unwashed face. Kālia was a place for gathering salt, although any place name might be used.]
1538Kāpī ʻia i ka paʻakai a miko.Sprinkled with salt until well salted.
 [Made to pay a stiff fine.]
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.]
1328Ka iʻa hāʻawe i ka paʻakai.The fish that carries salt on its back.
 [The mountain shrimp (ʻōpae kolo), a creature that does not die readily after being removed from the water. Once a stranger arrived at the house of a man noted for his stinginess. While the host loudly deplored his lack of any kind of meat to eat with the poi, a shrimp with a lump of salt on its back crawled out of a container in the corner. The selfish man had placed it there earlier, with the salt for seasoning, intending to eat it himself.]
2629Pēpē ʻōmaka ʻoe, pā i ka paʻakai, uāniʻi.You are a weak ʻōmaka — when touched with salt you stiffen.
 [The ʻōmaka is a small, soft fish. Said to a weakling who, with outside help, gains a little courage.]
2664Poʻe hoʻohāhā paʻakai.Salt gatherers.
 [A derogatory expression for people who do nothing that requires courage or stamina. Salt-gathering is an easy task that even a child can do.]

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