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/ ʻō.hiʻa / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Two kinds of trees: see ʻōhiʻa ʻai and ʻōhiʻa lehua.

  • References:
    • PCP k(a,o)(f,s)ika.

2. n., Tomato. See ʻōhiʻa lomi.

3. n., A native variety of sugar cane: deep-red and green striped cane when young, becoming bronze-red and yellow-brown on exposure (like leaves and flowers of the ʻōhiʻa ʻai, the source of its name); leaves somewhat variegated.

  • References:
    • HP 222, 225.

4. n., A variety of taro.

5. n., A red birthmark, said to be caused by the pregnant mother's longing for mountain apples (ʻohiʻa ʻai) and eating them.

6. vs., Tabooed, as food patches during famine, so-called because people did not eat from their taro patches, but from upland ʻōhiʻa ʻai, ti, and sweet potatoes (Ii 77).

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Place Names of Hawaiʻi WahiLocation,
  • Gulch, Haʻikū qd., Maui. Two holes in the gulch sides are said to have been made by the god Kāne who thrust in his spear to get water for himself and for Kanaloa (HM 65).
  • Two land divisions and a gulch, Kamalō qd., southeast Molokaʻi. Ancient surfing area, west Niʻihau (Finney and Houston 30).

Literally, ʻōhiʻa tree.

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