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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Concordance


1. nvi.
  • to grow, increase, spread; growth;
  • increase or rising of the wind;
  • to protect (PH 116), (For. 6:474).
also unu.

2. vi. to grow.
3. v. To grow, as a plant. Isa. 53:2.
4. To increase in any way; to grow, as a disease in the skin. Oihk. 13:39.
5. To become strong or excessive, as in anger, with puni. Puk. 32:22. To grow or increase, as good or evil in a community.
6. To grow up, as men. Iob. 31:18.
7. To grow in size and strength, as an infant. 1 Pet. 2:2.
8. To be extensively known, as a report.
9. Hoo. To cause to spring up, as seed sown. fig. O ko'u makemake nui, e hooulu. i ka hana ana ma ka pono, my great desire is to increase in good works.
10. adj. Of or belonging to what grows, as fruit. fig. ler. 2:3.
11. vi. possessed by a god; inspired by a spirit, god, ideal, person, as for artistic creation; stirred, excited; to enter in and inspire.
12. To have spiritual possession, either good or bad; to be inspired; in this sense, mostly in the passive; as, uluia or uluhia. Mat. 8:16. To influence the affections.
13. n.
  • grove (see
    ulu kanu, garden patch
    Ulukou, an old name for Howland Island. lit., kou tree grove.
    ulu kukui, candlenut grove
    ulu lāʻau, forest, grove of trees
    ulu niu, coconut grove);
  • assemblage, collection, or flock, as of
    ulu hōkū, stars [constellation]
    ulu manu, birds [flock]
    ulu moku, ships [fleet]
    ulu waʻa, canoes. [fleet]

14. tangled, snarled...
15. nvt. stick used in spreading hot oven stones; to spread the stones.
16. To poke the hot stones out of the hole in which food is to be baked in order to put in food; e ulu kakou i ka umu, to throw out the stones of the oven when hot. see uluumu.
17. n. kind of tapa made at Waipiʻo, Hawaiʻi; name of a quilt design.
18. n. center, as of a canoe or net.
19. n. a name used repeatedly in For. 5:703–9 for Kaweloʻs warriors whose names begin with Kaulu (Kaulukauloko, Kaulukauwaho).
20. n. compression, i.e. the most dense concentration of wave particles in a compressional wave. cf. wele.
21. s. Name of a tree; the bread-fruit; the fruit good for food, the timber for building, for canoes, &c.
22. Name of a stone used in a play. At Maui and Oahu this stone was called olohu. see olohu.
23. Name of the game where the said stone was used.
24. To stick fast, as meat or bones between the teeth of the eater.
25. Name of an oven for baking food. see umu.
26. Wet. see pulu. Ulu ka palapala i ka ua.


214ʻAʻohe ulu ka hoi.The hoi vine does not grow.
 [There is no interest in that. Said by one who lacks interest, or is bored with what is being said or done. A play on hoi (bitter yam) and hoihoi (interest).]
914He poʻo ulu ko nā mea kanu.Plants have heads that grow again.
 [An assurance that if you break off the top of a plant, it will put forth a new one.]
1198I ka waha nō a ulu ka ʻai; i ka waha nō a maloʻo.Food crops are made to grow by the mouth; while still in the mouth they wither.
 [Said of one who talks about farming and plans to plant but does nothing about it.]
1261I ulu nō ka lālā i ke kumu.The branches grow because of the trunk.
 [Without our ancestors we would not be here.]
1509Kanu ke kalo i Welo, ʻaʻole e ulu nui ʻia e ka ʻohā.Plant taro in Welo and the offshoots will not be many.
 [The corm of taro planted in the month of Welo grows very large but the offishoots are few.]
1623Ka ulu koa i kai o Oneawa.The koa grove down at Oneawa.
 [From the legend of Hiʻiaka. Canoes are sometimes referred to as the koa grove at sea, for canoes in ancient times were made of koa.]
1624Ka ulu kukui o Lanikāula.The kukui grove of Lanikāula.
 [Lanikāula was the kāula (prophet) of Molokaʻi. His fame was so great that it incurred the jealousy of Kawelo, prophet of Lānaʻi, who sought every means of destroying Lanikāula. His efforts were rewarded when he discovered where Lanikāula went to relieve himself. Kawelo made a hole in a sweet potato and filled it with his rival’s excrement. This he took back to Lānaʻi and with it prayed his victim to death. When Lanikāula saw that his end was near, he asked his sons to suggest a burial place. He found each suggestion unsatisfactory except that of his youngest son. So Lanikāula was buried in a kukui grove near his home. In the grave were placed his personal belongings, which, by the power invested in them by a kahuna, would bring harm to anyone who disturbed the remains. So Lanikāula rests in his kukui grove, famed in songs of Molokaʻi.]
1625Ka ulu lāʻau ma kai.The forest on the seaward side.
 [Refers to the masts of the ships that came the harbors of Lahaina or Honolulu.]
2070Mai ke kai kuwā e nū ana i ka ulu hala o Keaʻau a ka ʻāina kāʻili lā o lalo o ka Waikūʻauhoe.From the noisy sea that moans to the hala groves of Keaʻau, to the land that snatches away the sun, below Waikuauhoe.
 [From Puna, Hawaiʻi, where the sun was said to rise, to Lehua, beyond Waikūʻauhoe, where it vanishes out of sight.]
2281Nā niu ulu aoʻa o Mokuola.The tall, slim coconut trees of Mokuola.
 [Mokuola (now called Coconut Island) in Hilo, is a place where pandanus and coconut trees were numerous.]
2396ʻO Kaʻaona ka pua i ka uahi o ka hoʻoilo, a ulu māhiehie.In Kaʻaona [is used] the dart that has rested in the smoke during the rainy months until it acquires beauty.
 [Said of the month Kaʻaona, when the young people bring out their darts for games. These darts had reddened in the smoke of the fireplaces during the wet months. With rubbing and polishing they acquired a beautiful sheen.]
2683Pōʻino nā lāʻau aʻa liʻiliʻi i ka ulu pū me ka puakala aʻa loloa.Plants with fine roots are harmed when left to grow with the rough, long-rooted thorny ones.
 [Weak-willed persons are often overcome and influenced by the wicked.]
2745Puna, kai nehe i ka ulu hala.Puna, where the sea murmurs to the hala grove.
2867Ulu ka hoi.The hoi vine grows.
 [There is interest in what is going on. A play on hoihoi (interest).]
2868Ulu kukui o kaukaweli.Kukui grove of terror.
 [Sometimes mentioned in connection with Lahainaluna School, where this grove was found. It was so called because of the short temper of the Reverend John Pogue, an instructor, and because of the skeletons stored in a nearby building for the study of anatomy. It was in this grove that hō’ike, exhibitions of what students had learned, were held.]
2869Ulu kukui o Lilikoʻi.Kukui grove of Lilikoʻi.
 [This kukui grove, in Makawao, Maui, was much visited by travelers, for it was a favorite spot of the chiefs. The nuts gathered from the trees produced a fragrant, tasty relish.]
2870Ulu o ka lā.Growth of the sun.
 [Said of the light of sunrise just as the sun’s rim touches the horizon.]

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