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ʻāpuʻepuʻe Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / ʻā.puʻe.puʻe /,

nvt., Difficult; difficulty; to struggle, strive (preceded by ke.

  • Examples:
    • Komo ʻāpuʻepuʻe, barely able to get in; to enter with difficulty.
    • ʻĀpuʻepuʻe nā kānaka i ka ʻai i ka wā wī, the people struggled to get food in time of famine.
    • Ke ʻāpuʻepuʻe o ka loaʻa ʻana mai o ka ʻike kūpono i ka ʻōlelo haole, the difficulties of getting proper knowledge of English.

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