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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. nvs.
  • flat surface, stratum, layer, level; flat, level;
  • plain, reef,
  • foundation,
  • story of a building, floor,
  • table, sheet, plate, shelf (rare),
  • face (of a watch);
  • to be a great many.

2. n. two-dimensional, in math.
3. n. layer, as of skin or tissue beneath the skin.
4. s. see pa, s. Applied to many substances having a flat, smooth surface, as a flat, smooth stone, a board, a plank, a table, a flat wooden dish, a plate. Puk. 39:30. Papa pohaku, a slate; papa kanawai, tables of the law. Puk. 25:16. Papa ai, papa aina, an eating table; papa wili ai, a poi board; papa manamana pukapuka, a grate of net work. Puk. 38:4. A wafer; a flat cake. Puk. 29:2. Papa konane, a board for the game of konane. Laieik. 115.
5. s. A row; a rank; a company standing or setting in a row; hence, a military band; a division of people; a sect; an order; papa inoa, a catalogue of names; a particular office, secular or ecclesiastical; a native born in a place; a story in a building; papa lalo, papa waena, papa luna, lower, middle and upper stories of a building. Kin. 6:16.
6. n. class, in taxonomy.
7. nvs. native-born, especially for several generations (see noho papa₂); offspring of the mating of an individual of piʻo, naha, or nīʻaupiʻo rank, with one of kaukaualiʻi rank; the lowest ranking aristocrat.
8. s. An ancestor some generations back; a race; a family.
9. adj. Perhaps old; ancient; former times.
10. vs. set close together, thick together, as of growing plants; in unison, all together.
11. nvs. board, lumber; wooden.
12. n. board, lumber.
13. n. a variety of kava. The name may be qualified by the colors ʻeleʻele, kea.
14. n. middle portion of a fishing net, bag net.
15. A term used in relation to a fish net.
16. n. wind associated with Honuaʻula, Maui.
17. n. stone used as sinker for lūheʻe, octopus lure.
18. n. wafer.
19. probably the same as Haumea, and like Haumea, considered symbolic of the female principle; commonly cited as the wife of Wākea. lit., flat surface. see Hoʻohokuikalani
20. s. The wife of Akea or Wakea, the fabled mother of the Islands and of men on them. see opapa. Na Papa ka haku akea o Lono.
21. n. list, table, schedule.....
22. class (school).
23. n. board, a group of people who direct or supervise some activity...
24. class, rank, grade, order...
25. [in some phrases with unclear meaning]
26. To shine, as the sun, i. e., to create light and heat.
27. A reduplication of the distributive particle pa. see pa. It is often used as a verb; as, e papa lua, to make two-fold, to put two together; e papa kolu, e papa ha, &c. see palua, pakolu, &c.
28. v. To prohibit; to forbid. NOTE. The language or the words of the prohibition generally follow. To rebuke; to reprove. Kin. 37:10. To adjure; to request in strong terms. Nah. 11:28.
29. s. A species of fish; a small crab, a species of the paiea.
30. A scab; a shell; a slice or piece; papa kalo, a piece of kalo; papa ipu, a piece of melon;
31. Name of a species of soft stone;
32. s. Name of a certain class of Kamehameha's laws;
33. To erect a shade or screen to prevent the light or heat of the sun. see papai, s.


390Haʻa hoʻi ka papa; ke kāhuli nei.Unstable is the foundation; it is turning over.
 [Said of an unstable person or situation. First used by Hiʻiaka in a chant while playing kilu at the residence of Peleʻula.]
403Hāʻawi papa heʻe nalu.A surfboard giving.
 [To give a thing and later ask for its return. A surfboard is usually lent, not given outright.]
504Hāwāwā ka heʻe nalu haki ka papa.When the surf rider is unskilled, the board is broken.
 [An unskilled worker bungles instead of being a help. There is also a sexual connotation: When the man is unskilled, the woman is dissatisfied.]
1052Holo iʻa ka papa, kau ʻia e ka manu.When the shoals are full of fish, birds gather over them.
 [Where there is food, people gather.]
1534Ka papa kāhulihuli o Wailuku.The unstable plank of Wailuku.
 [Said of an unstable person or situation. First uttered by Hiʻiaka when she compared the physical condition of the chief ʻOlepau to the weak plank that spanned Wailuku Stream in Hilo.]
2157Mimiki ke kai, ahuwale ka papa leho.When the sea draws out in the tidal wave, the rocks where the cowries hide are exposed.
 [Secrets will out on the day of wrath.]
2306Neʻe papa ka helu a ka lā i Punahoa.The sun continued to scorch at Punahoa.
 [The fight didn’t end quickly.]
2433ʻO ka papa heʻe nalu kēia, paheʻe i ka nalu haʻi o Makaiwa.This is the surfboard that will glide on the rolling surf of Makaiwa.
 [A woman’s boast. Her beautiful body is like the surf board on which her mate “glides over the rolling surf.”]
2619Pau Puna ua koʻele ka papa.Puna is ravaged; the foundation crackles.
 [Said of anything that is entirely consumed. From a chant by Lohiʻau when Pele sent her sisters to overwhelm him with lava.]

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