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ʻalae Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n., Mudhen or Hawaiian gallinule (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis 🌐), a black wading bird with red frontal plate; cry of this bird is believed a bad omen; some considered the ʻalae an ʻaumakua; endangered.

2. Same as ʻiwa, a fern.

Tags: fauna birds ʻaumakua flora

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ʻAlae Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

  • Land section, Honomū qd.; pit crater near Kīlauea Crater, Puna qd., Hawaiʻi, active in 1969 (Macdonald and Abbott 101).
  • Land sections and homesteads, Puʻuokali qd., Kula, Maui.
  • Peak (2,000 feet high), above Kalaupapa peninsula, Molokaʻi.

Literally, mudhen.

Tags: Hawaiʻi Maui Molokaʻi

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