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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. nvi.
  • to cling, stick, adhere, touch, join, adjoin, cleave to, clinging, sticking;
  • associate with, be with, be close or adjacent; close relationship, relative;
  • thing belonging to.

2. v. To coincide; to agree with, as boards jointed.
3. To become one's to account for or to take care of.
4. To agree together, as witnesses.
5. To belong to; to accompany; to follow.
6. Hoo. To join company with; to adhere to one; applied to persons.
7. To seal up, as a document. Dan. 12:4.
8. To approach to one of the opposite sex for defilement.
9. To be united to; to adhere to each other, as husband and wife.
10. To add something else to a thing. Kanl. 4:2.
11. The adhering or uniting of one thing with another.
12. The name of what belongs to one, as his property, children or friends; kona mea pili, what belongs to one. fig. Ka pili ame ka mauu, all that belongs to one.
13. Ka pili o ke ao ae, nearness; united with; in the morning. Mar. 1:35.
14. adj. Of or belonging to a person or thing; ka pili ana o ke ahiahi, first of evening; after dark.
15. United; joining.
16. Things adhering or coming in contact that ought not; hence,
17. Topsy-turvy; helter-skelter; huikau.
18. Poor; destitute.
19. n. a grass (Heteropogon contortus) known in many warm regions, formerly used for thatching houses in Hawaiʻi; sometimes added to the hula altar to Laka, for knowledge to pili or cling; thatch (preceded by ke).
20. s. The name of the long coarse grass used in thatching houses; so called from the easy manner in which the seeds are detached from the stalk and adhere to a person's clothes.
21. vt. to refer, concern, relate, pertain, apply.
22. n. shingles, so called because they replace the pili grass of the roofs of the old houses (preceded by ke).
23. The name of shingles from their taking the place of the grass pili in covering houses.
24. nvt. a wager, bet, stake; to bet, wager.
25. To cleave or adhere to, as persons good or bad as friends; to lay a wager; to bet; a pili nui mai i ko lakou waiwai a pau; pili kekahi wahine i kona kino iho, a lilo i ka pu.
26. n. border, edge of time units, especially of late night.
27. n. uncolored sheets in a kapa kuʻina, sleeping tapa.
28. n. lining of a quilt under the layer of cotton or wool.
29. n. first stage of poi-pounding, with taro beginning to stick.
30. n. a narrow or precarious pass.
31. same as ʻume, the game, so called because the wand touched (pili) the players.
32. To treat badly; to reproach; to cast up to one.
33. numb.
34. The name given to nine o'clock in the evening, from the game puhenehene; ka pili o ka po. see pilipuka.
35. placename. place, Wilhelmina Rise, Honolulu, probably named for pili grass used for thatching. TM


308Eia ua lani a Hāloa i pili ai ka hanu i ke kapu.Here is a chief descended from Hāloa, whose kapu makes one hold his breath in dread.
 [A compliment to a chief. To be able to trace descent from Hāloa, an ancient chief, was to be of very high rank from remote antiquity.]
373E pili mai auaneʻi ia pupuka iaʻu!That homeliness will not attach itself to me!
 [Ugliness is not contagious. Said by a good-looking person in answer to, “I wonder why a handsome person like you should have such a homely mate.”]
487Haʻu ka makani, haʻule ke onaona, pili i ka mauʻu.When the wind puffs, the fragrant blossoms fall upon the grass.
 [When there is an explosion of wrath, people quail before it.]
559He hāʻawe pili.Carriers of bundles of pili grass.
 [A derogatory saying by the followers of Kamehameha for the people of Kaʻū, who covered the road of Kapaukua with pili grass for their chief Keouakuahuʻula.]
576Hehi i ka pili.Trample on the relationship.
 [To abolish or disown the relationship.]
597He huakaʻi paoa, he pili i ka iwi.An unlucky journey in which the body was wagered.
763He like nō ke koʻele, ʻo ka pili naʻe he like ʻole.The thumping sounds the same, but the fitting of the parts is not.
 [Some do good work, others do not; but the hustle and bustle are the same.]
824Hemo ka pili a ka makemake.The companionship of liking has separated.
 [Said of the cessation of mutual affection.]
828He moʻo, he pili pōhaku, he pili lāʻau a he pili lepo.It is a lizard, for it clings to rocks, clings to trees, clings to the earth.
 [Said in derision of one who spies, hiding behind rocks, trees, and so forth. Also said of one who likes climbing over rocks and trees like a lizard.]
846He nōpili ka iʻa, pili paʻa ke aloha.The nōpili is the fish; love clings fast.
 [Said of the freshwater goby (ʻoʻopu) of the nōpili variety, known to climb waterfalls by clinging fast to the wet stones. It was used by kāhuna in hana aloha sorcery.]
850He ʻohā pili wale.A young taro that attaches itself to an older corm.
 [Said of a person who attaches himself to another in order to receive care. He is like a young taro that grows beside the parent plant but does not belong to it.]
892He pili kauawe paha ke kumu i moʻa ʻole ai ke kalo.Perhaps the reason for the partly cooked condition of the taro is because it is the one closest to the leaves that cover over the imu.
 [Said of an imperfect or defective task, or of a person whose ideas are “half-baked.”]
893He pili kua, he pili alo.Close to the back, close to the front.
 [The husband, standing back of his wife as her protector; the wife, the protected one.]
894He pili nakekeke.A relationship that [fits so loosely it] rattles.
 [Said of a questionable claim of relationship.]
895He pili pāpākole.A backside relationship.
 [A rude reference to in-laws, used only in anger.]
896He pili wehena ʻole.A relationship that cannot be undone.
 [A blood relationship.]
963He uouoa pili kahakai.An uouoa fish that remains close to shorc.
 [A quiet stay-at-home person.]
1017Hoa kīhei pili.A coverlet companion.
 [Said of a person with whom one is having an affair.]
1134Hū ka wai i ke pili.The water overflows to the pili grass.
 [Said of anything that overflows its boundaries, including a person whose behavior goes beyond the bounds of propriety.]
1715Ke kaha pili a ka iʻa kea.The beach where the white fish are always around.
 [A woman around whom white men gather like fish.]
1783Ke ʻula maila ka pili.The pili grass turns red.
 [The natural color of the grass is covered by an army of warriors ready for war.]
1809Koaʻe ka manu pili pōhaku.The koaʻe, a bird that clings to rocks.
 [A rude expression referring to a landless person who, like the koaʻe among the rocks on the cliff, just hangs on to his small footing.]
2127Ma loko o ka hale, hoʻopuka ʻia ka pili, a ma waho o ka hale, he haku ia.Inside of the house you may mention your relationship, but outside of the house your chief is your lord.
 [Those who served the chief in his home were usually loyal blood relatives. From childhood they were taught not to discuss the relationship with anyone outside of the household, and always to refer to their chief as Kuu haku (My lord), never by any relationship term. Only the chief could mention a relationship if he chose.]
2292Nā puʻu haelelua, o Pili me Kalāhikiola.The hills that go together — Pili and Kalāhikiola.
 [These two hills that stand together are often mentioned in chants and legends of Kohala.]
2456Ōkea pili mai.Clinging sand. [drift gravel]
 [Said of a shiftless hanger-on. [said disparagingly of persons who attach themselves to others for support; parasite. Lit., gravel clinging (PE)]]
2644Pili aʻe ana i ka lāʻau pili wale.Leans against a leaning tree.
 [Said of one who depends too much on another for support, either materially or morally.]
2645Pili aloha ʻo Kona, hoʻoipo i ka mālie.Love remains close to Kona, who woos the calm.
 [Kona is a land beloved for its calm and pleasant weather.]
2646Pili ka hanu; hāmau ka leo.Suppress the breath; silence the voice.
 [Be as quiet as possible; utter no sound.]
2647Pili ka hanu o Wailuku.Wailuku holds its breath.
 [Said of one who is speechless or petrified with either fear or extreme cold. There is a play on luku (destruction). Refers to Wailuku, Maui.]
2648Pili kāpekepeke.Insecure relationship.
2649Pili kau, pili hoʻoilo.Together in the dry season, together in the wet season.
 [Said of loving companionship.]
2650Pili ke kua me ke alo.The back meets the front.
 [Said of a very thin person.]
2652Pili ʻohā, he kamau mai ma waho.A taro-offishoot relationship added to the outside of the corm.
 [One who was not a relative, yet is a member of the household.]
2653Pili pono ka lā i Kamananui.The sun is very close to Kamananui.
 [A play on Ka-mana-nui (The-great-power). When the person in power becomes angry, everyone around him feels uncomfortable, as in the scorching, blistering sun.]
2654Pili pono ka lā i Papaʻenaʻena.The sun concentrates its heat at Papaʻenaʻena.
 [Said of the heat of temper. A play on ʻenaena (red-hot).]
2655Pili pū i ka paia.Pressed hard against the wall.
 [Deep in trouble.]
2822Ua lohaloha nā hulu ʻekekeu i pili paʻa i ke kēpau.The wing feathers [of the bird] droop, because the bird is caught by [the snarer’s] gum.
 [Said of one who is caught in mischief.]
2849Ua pili ka manu i ke kēpau.The bird was caught by the gum.
 [The one desired has been snared.]

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