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1. n., Ink sac in octopus or squid; after salting, drying, and broiling on the fire, it is mixed with ʻinamona or chili peppers and eaten; mixed with ʻauhuhu juice it is used as bait.

  • Figuratively, useless.
  • Examples:
    • Ahu ka ʻalaʻala! Just a pile of squid ink sac [no use]!
    • He aha ka ʻalaʻala o kēnā mea āu i hoʻihoʻi mai nei? What’s the good of that octopus ink sac you’ve brought home?
    • He aha kāna ʻalaʻala? What’s he good for?
    • He aha kō ʻalaʻala (For. 5:569)? What's your reason?

2. nvs., Scar of a scrofulous sore; to be so scarred; perhaps tuberculosis adenitis.

  • Examples:
    • Mai ʻalaʻala paha auaneʻi i ka ua kawaʻahia, perhaps his neck will be scarred in the rain of Kawaʻahia [in trouble].
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3. n., Aerial tubers of bitter yam, hoi (Dioscorea bulbifera 🌐).

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