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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. vs. wet, moist, soaked, saturated.
2. v. To be wet; to bathe; to wash. Iob. 24:8.
3. To be soft as that which is soaked in water.
4. Hoo. To wet; to moisten; to soften.
5. To water, as a plant. Isa. 16:9.
6. To make soft the material for kapa, that is, wauke, mamaki, &c., by soaking it in water until it becomes wali, paste-like.
7. s. Any substance partially liquid and soft.
8. The soft matter of which kapa is made; so called when made soft by soaking; me he pulu kapa i ka hale.
9. adj. Wet, as clothes.
10. Soft; cooked to softness.
11. n. a soft, glossy, yellow wool on the base of tree-fern leaf stalks (Cibotium spp.). It was used to stuff mattresses and pillows and at one time was exported to California. Hawaiians stuffed bodies of their dead with pulu after removing vital organs.
12. That which is soft, as cotton.
13. Specifically, name of the material that grows on and is collected from a species of large fern; it has lately become an article of export.
14. nvt. any greenery or underbrush cut to be used as mulch, as well as the mulch itself; coconut husk, coconut fiber, raw cotton, tapa pulp; cushion; fine linen; tinder, kindling; soft, padded; to kindle, as fire (preceded by ke). see ex.
15. n. low branch, as of certain trees such as ʻohai, koa, ʻōhiʻa.
16. n. bull.
17. nvs. to fool; fooled; fool.
18. Hoo. Deceitful; he kiu hoopulu, a treacherous spy.


136ʻAʻohe e pulu, he waʻa nui.One will not be wet on a large canoe.
 [One is safe in the protection of an important person.]
273E hakoko ana ʻo Heneli me Keoni Pulu; ua lilo ke eo iā Keoni Pulu.Henry and John Bull wrestle; John Bull wins.
 [Hunger is routed by filling the stomach. Henry (Hunger) and John Bull (Fullness) wrestle until John Bull wins the match.]
649He kāʻeʻaʻeʻa pulu ʻole no ka heʻe nalu.An expert on the surfboard who does not get wet.
 [Praise of an outstanding surfer.]
775He lupe lele a pulu i ka ua ʻawa.A kite that flies till it is dampened by icy cold raindrops.
 [Said of a person whose station has risen very high.]
1231I lima nō ka ua, wehe ʻē ke pulu o lalo.While the rain is still in the sky, clear the field below.
 [In dry places, farmers cleared the fields when they saw signs of rain so the water would soak the earth.]
1387Kaiehu ʻia a pulu ka puka uahi.The sea tosses up the sprays, wetting the smokestack.
 [Said of a towering rage.]
1807Kīpū loa o Keoni Pulu i ka hoe.John Bull still holds fast to the oar.
 [He is still full and wants nothing more to eat. A play on Pulu, Hawaiianized from the English “full” and “Bull.”]
2394ʻO ka ʻaʻama holo pali pōhaku, e paʻa ana ia i ka ʻahele pulu niu.The crab that runs about on a rocky cliff will surely be caught with a snare of coconut fibers.
 [He who goes where he tempts trouble is bound to suffer.]
2400ʻO Kāʻelo ka malama, pulu ke aho a ka lawaiʻa.Kāʻelo is the month when the fisherman’s lines are wet.
 [Kāʻelo was a good time to do deep-sea fishing.]
2618Pau pulu, ʻaʻohe lau kanu.Gone, mulch and all; with not even a sweet-potato slip to plant.
 [Utter destruction, with nothing left for a new start.]
2737Pulu ʻelo i ka ua Kanilehua.Drenched in the Kanilehua rain.
 [Drenched by the rain or thoroughly drunk.]
2738Pulu ʻelo i ka ua o ka hoʻoilo.Drenched by winter s rain.
 [Filled with grief.]
2739Pulu ihola i ka wai a ka nāulu.Drenched by the water from the rain clouds.
2740Pulu i ka wai lohi o Maleka.Soaked by the sparkling water of America.
2741Pulu i ka wai naoa a ke kēhau.Wet by the icy cold dew.
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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