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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. vs. (loaʻa-type construction).
  • surrounded, to enclose
  • controlled; gain control of;
  • overcome, as in battle or by emotion;
  • to pervade,

2. v. To surround as water does an island.
3. To inclose; to be hemmed in, as one person by multitudes.
4. To surround, i. e., to get round one by deceit; to prevail over; to get the better of.
5. To be surrounded; to be deceived; to be insnared; to be taken.
6. To go around; to encircle; hence,
7. To gain possession of; hee o Kalanikupule ia Kamehameha, a puni Oahu a me Molokai, a me Lanai a me Maui a me Kahoolawe, Kalanikupule fled before Kamehameha, and he came in possession of Oahu and Molokai and Lanai and Maui and Kahoolawe.
8. To surround for protection. Iob. 1:10. NOTE.—Puni is connected with many other words and signifies, influenced, led by, or addicted to, as well as deceived; puni lealea, addicted to pleasure; puni waiwai, greedy of property; puni hula, given to the practice of the hula, &c.
9. adv. Around; on every side; a puni, around about.
10. nvt. to be fond of, desire, covet, like, be partial to; devoted; a favorite thing, delight, love. cf.:
    puni ʻai, fond of eating; glutton...
    puni hele, fond of going about from place to place, addicted to travel...
    puni kālā, avaricious, mercenary, commercial-minded...
    puni kaua, militaristic, warlike, fond of war...
    puni koko, bloodthirsty...
    puni leʻaleʻa, pleasure-loving, fond of fun...
    puni nani, fond of beauty, beauty-loving, fond of adorning self...
    puni waiwai, avaricious, covetous, desirous of wealth...

11. To covet; to desire greatly. see Note below.
12. To be addicted to; to be influenced by, as pleasure or gain; ua puni na 'lii ame na kanaka i na hana ino loa, the chiefs and people were addicted to very evil practices.
13. A desire; a strong inclination for the possession of a thing, or a particular course of conduct; he kii ka puni o ua wahine la, an image was the great desire of that woman.
14. vs. deceived, deluded; to believe a lie.
15. Hoo. To give false testimony; to deceive.
16. nvs. completed, terminated, as a period of pregnancy; completely, all.
17. To finish; to complete; to terminate.
18. To close, as an appointed period of time; as the end of the year. 1 Nal. 20:22. To finish the period of gestation. 1 Sam. 4:19.
19. The termination of a fixed period, as the end of the year; ka puni o ka makahiki; the termination of the period of gestation, &c.
20. An intensive. Greatly; exceedingly; hotly, as in anger; mai ulu puni mai kou huhu, be not exceedingly angry. Puk. 32:22. see ulu.
21. n. a fine-meshed net.
22. s. Name of fish nets with small meshes.
23. n.v. an even number; to be such.
24. n. lap, complete circuit, revolution; round, as in boxing; hand, as a single round in a game of cards.


937He puni kauoha.A fondness by request.
 [A dying person might will to a relative his fondness for a certain food or activity. After his death, the relative would eat or do the thing until he grew to be as fond of it as the dead person had been. This was called a puni kauoha.]
1173I ʻike ʻoe iā Kauaʻi a puni a ʻike ʻole iā Kauaʻi-iki, ʻaʻole nō ʻoe i ʻike iā Kauaʻi.If you have seen all of the places on the island of Kauaʻi and have not seen Little Kauaʻi, you have not seen the whole of Kauaʻi.
 [Kauaʻi-iki (Little Kauaʻi) is a stone that stood in a taro patch at Wahiawa, Kauaʻi. When it was threatened with destruction by the building of a road, it was rescued by Walter McBryde and taken to Maiʻaloa and later to Kukuiolono Park, where it stands today.]
1257I puni iā ʻoe o Kaʻū a i ʻike ʻole ʻoe iā Kaʻūloa, ʻaʻohe nō ʻoe i ʻike iā Kaʻū.If you have been around Kaʻū and have not seen Kaʻūloa, you have not seen the whole of the district. Kaʻūloa and Waiōhinu were two stones, wife and husband, that stood in a kukui grove on the upper side of the road between Na’alehu and Waiōhinu. With the passing of time, these stones gradually sank until they vanished completely into the earth. After Kaʻūloa was no longer seen, Palahemo was substituted as the chief point of interest.
1258I puni iā ʻoe o Lānaʻi a i ʻike ʻole iā Lānaʻi-Kaʻula me Lānaʻi-Hale, ʻaʻohe nō ʻoe i ʻike iā Lānaʻi.If you have gone around Lānaʻi, and have not seen Lānaʻi Kaʻula and Lānaʻi Hale, you have not seen all of Lānaʻi.
1489Ka moku puni kuapuʻu.The hunchbacked island.
 [Maui. Its shape on the map resembles the figure of a hunchbacked person.]
1599Ka ua pōʻai puni o Kumaka.The rain of Kumaka that completely surrounds.
 [The rain and mists of Kumaka, Kauaʻi, completely screen homes, trees, and so forth from view.]
2077Mai lilo ʻoe i puni wale, o lilo ʻoe i kamaliʻi.Do not believe all that is told you lest you be [led as] a little child.
 [Do not be gullible; scan, weigh, and think for yourself.]
2085Mai puni aku o hei i ka ʻupena a ka Lawakua.Do not helieve it or youll he caught in the net of the Lawakua wind.
 [Why believe all that? It is only wind.]

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