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ō Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. nvi., To answer, reply yes, agree, say, talk; halloo, yes (in reply); tinkling, tolling, or chime of a bell; resonance, as generated by the thumping of a gourd drum on a pad; sound of whistling (Kauaʻi); sound of peacocks; to make such sounds.

  • Examples:
    • Kou inoa, e ō mai (FS 199), your name chant, answer.
    • E uhaele kākou i kahakai. Ō, e uhaele ʻiʻo aku kākou. Let's go to the beach. Yes, let's do go.
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2. vi., To remain, endure, survive, continue, go on, exist; continuing.

  • Examples:
    • Ā pēlā paha i kō ai ke ō ʻana o kona inoa, probably thereby assuring the perpetuation of his name.
    • Ke ō nei nō kēlā mele, that song still survives now.
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3. n., Food provisions for a journey, especially at sea; sea rations.

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4. n., Sprit of a sail or spar.

5. Short for one, sand, in place names, as Keōkea, the white sand.

6. Imperative marker, perhaps less emphatic than the more common e.

  • Examples:
    • Ō hele kāua, let's go.
    • Ō uhaele mai, won't you come.
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7. Short for the particle , as after prepositions.

  • Examples:
    • Holo akula ʻoia mai ō lāua nei aku (Laie 603), he ran from the two of them.
    • Kiʻi mua akula ʻoia ma ō Kapa-hai-haoa (Laie 595), he first looked for Kapa-hai-haoa.

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ō Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

Waihona ō. Endowment fund. Lit., fund (which) endures. Also waihona kālā kūmau.

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