ʻaukuʻu/ ʻau.kuʻu /
1. n., Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli), a non-migratory land bird, which feeds on small fish and the larvae of insects in water.
- See sayings, heron.
- PCP kautuku.
2. n., Kind of fishhook with a long slender shaft, perhaps named for its resemblance to the heron's neck.
3. n., A long bamboo pole with two maile stalks across the top that were gummed with lime to catch birds.
5. n., Cords held by the fishermen (hoʻāu) who managed the net in kuʻu fishing.
- Also: kāwelewele.
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