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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. nvs.
  • any dark color, including the deep blue of the sea, the ordinary green of vegetation, and the dark of black clouds;
  • the black-and-blue of a bruise.
  Some song composers avoid this word because connotations of evil or misfortune are associated with darkness and because Uli is a goddess of sorcery (see Uli₂).

2. adj. Blue; cerulean blue; green, as a meadow; whatever is green among vegetables. Puk. 9:22. Pertaining to a dark or dusty color; uli ka wai o ka niu.
3. s. The blue sky; ka poe nana uli o ke alii, the foretellers of the weather. Laieik. 36.
4. n. name of a goddess of sorcery, said to have come from Kahiki... called by Emerson (PH 146) the arch-goddess of sorcery, she was invoked by Hiʻiaka in her prayers of resuscitation for Lohiʻau. (PH 144–7).
5. s. The name of a god to which a prayer was addressed in the pule anaana.
6. n. early stage in the development of a foetus, as the body begins to form.
7. n. name given by Malo for subjects of the chief; Emerson says they are black-haired persons.
8. s. The personal appearance or fitness of a person for any duty; applied particularly to runners as they appeared to the poe kilokilo; e nana no ka poe nana uli, e like me ke kukini.
9. nvt. to steer; steersman.
10. s. A canoe steerer for the king's canoes; one of the king's special servants.
11. v. To steer a canoe or ship. see hoeuli.
12. n. omen.
13. n. crowing of a cock.
14. n. type of sweet potato (no data).
15. s. Name of a species of kalo.
16. Name of a species of fan leaf cocoanut; ka uli, ka loulu, ka hawane.
17. v. To gurgle; to make such a noise as when water is poured out of a calabash or a cocoanut; e neneke; uli ka wai o ka niu.


848He nuku uli ʻūmiʻi.Dark lips hold fast.
 [A vulgar expression. One with very dark lips is said to be sexually potent.]
905He poʻi na kai uli, kai koʻo, ʻaʻohe hina pūkoʻa.Though the sea he deep and rough, the coral rock remains standing.
 [Said of one who remains calm in the face of difficulty.]
958He uli na ka heʻe pūloa.It is ink from the long-headed octopus.
 [Said of a person clever at getting away with mischief. The ink of the octopus is its camouflage.]
1350Ka iʻa kāohi aho o nā kai uli.The fish of the deep that pulls the line taut.
 [The ulua. Also, a fine lad.]
1515Ka ʻōnohi Wai a Uli.Water of Uli made visible to the eyes.
 [A mirage revealed by the goddess Uli.]
1522Kāpae ka ʻalaʻala he heʻe no kai uli.[The weight causes] the head of the octopus to lean to one side; it is of the deep sea.
 [Said disparagingly of a prosperous or important person. Once Hiʻiaka purposely avoided a kahuna who was seeking her. When he found her he said, “Oh! The head of the octopus leans to one side! After all, you are an octopus of the deep sea, a goddess!”]
1886Kūkae uli.Octopus ink.
 [A term applied to prostitutes in the whaling days because of their cleverness in escaping from precarious situations, like an octopus that squirts ink to cover its escape.]
2160Moʻa i kapuahi a Uli.Cooked in Uli’s fireplace.
 [Destroyed by sorcery.]
2257Nalowale nā maka, hūnā i ke ao uli.The face is out of sight, hidden in the sky.
 [Said of one who is dead.]
2439ʻO kapuahi aku ia a Uli.That is Uli’s fireplace.
 [That is a place where a sorcerer may burn a personal possession of his chosen victim. Uli was a god to whom a sorcerer might appeal. This is a warning to watch out lest one run into sorcery.]
2449ʻO ke alelo ka hoe uli o ka ʻōlelo a ka waha.The tongue is the steering paddle of the words uttered by the mouth.
 [Advice to heed the tongue lest it speak words that offend.]
2554Paʻa ʻia iho i ka hoe uli i ʻole e īkā i ke koʻa.Hold the steering paddle steady to keep from striking the rock.
 [Hold on; donʻt let yourself get into trouble.]
2751Pupuhi ka heʻe o kai uli.The octopus of the deep spews its ink [into the water].
 [Said of one who goes off in secret or on an errand that rouses unsatisfied curiosity in others. The octopus escapes from its foes by spewing its ink and darkening the water.]

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