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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. nvi. ear; to hear (rare).
2. v. Pepe and ao, a fresh bud just unfolding leaves; pe-pe-i-ao, to flatten down that which might grow more protuberant; hence the name of the ear of man or beast.
3. The external ear of man or beast; hence,
4. The hearing or audience. Puk. 24:7.
5. adv. By the ear; with the ear; e haliu pepeiao, listen attentively. Iob. 13:17.
6. n. cotyledon, as of beans.
7. n. stipule, as of noni, a tree.
8. s. Any protuberance not very prominent.
9. The first shoots or swelling buds of a vegetable.
10. n. scallops in lace.
11. n. lugs or blocks inside a canoe hull to which the ʻiako, booms, and perhaps the mast (For. 5:633) are fastened.
12. The projections inside of a canoe to which the iako is fastened.
13. n. comb cleats for canoe thwarts or seats.
14. n. Chinese cake stuffed with meat, named for a resemblance to an ear. cf. cup-shaped mea ʻono puaʻa.
15. n. long nets 30 to 37 m deep, attached at each side of the ʻupena kolo, bag net.
16. n. valve of the heart.
17. n. valve of the heart.
18. Protuberances of the material heart in men or animals. Anat. 44, 45.
19. To shoot or put forth a bud or young twig; to sprout or grow, as a vegetable.
20. To ear out, as corn; to send forth a shoot.


150ʻAʻohe i maneʻo iho ke kumu pepeiao i kau hīmeni.Even the base of the ear isn’t tickled by your song.
 [A rude remark to one whose song or story is not appealing.]
156ʻAʻohe kā he lohe o ko pepeiao huluhulu?Don’t your hairy ears hear?
 [Said in annoyance or disgust for disobedience or heedlessness. The ears are too full of fuzz to let sounds enter.]
839He Napoʻopoʻo i ʻikea ke poʻo, he Napoʻopoʻo nō i ʻikea ka pepeiao.A [person of] Napoʻopoʻo whose head is seen; a Napoʻopoʻo whose ears are seen.
 [A play on napoʻo (to sink), as the sun sinks in the west. No matter what your claim to rank may be, we can see that your head is low and that your mindfulness of etiquette is equally low.]
2138Manene ka pepeiao.The ears have an unpleasant sensation.
 [Said when someone uses vulgar and obscene language — the ears are offended.]
2189Moku ka pepeiao, na ke aliʻi ia puaʻa.When the ear is cut, it is a sign that the pig belongs to the chief.
 [The ears of certain pigs were cut to show that they were the property of the chief.]
2268Nānā ka maka; hoʻolohe ka pepeiao; paʻa ka waha.Observe with the eyes; listen with the ears; shut the mouth.
 [Thus one learns.]
2637Piʻi ka ʻula a hanini i kumu pepeiao.The red rises till it spills over the base of the ears.
 [Said of one who blushes violently or of one who is flushed with anger.]
2901Waiakea pepeiao pulu ʻaha.Waiakea of the ears that hold coconut-fiber snares.
 [Snares for small fish, shrimp, or crabs were made of a coconut midrib and the fiber from the husk of the nut. When not in use the snare was sometimes placed behind the ear as one does a pencil. This saying is applied to one who will not heed — he uses his ears only to hold his snare.]

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