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ʻaumakua Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / ʻau.makua /,

1. nvt., Family or personal gods, deified ancestors who might assume the shape of sharks (all islands except Kauaʻi), owls (as at Mānoa, Oʻahu and Kaʻū and Puna, Hawaiʻi), hawks (Hawaiʻi), ʻelepaio, ʻiwi, mudhens, octopuses, eels, mice, rats, dogs, caterpillars, rocks, cowries, clouds, or plants. A symbiotic relationship existed; mortals did not harm or eat ʻaumākua (they fed sharks), and ʻaumākua warned and reprimanded mortals in dreams, visions, and calls. (Beckwith, 1970, pp. 124–43, 559; Nānā 38.) Figuratively, a trustworthy person. Probably literally, ʻau #4, group, + makua, parent.

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2. vt., To offer grace to ʻaumākua before eating; to bless in the name of ʻaumākua.

  • Examples:
    • ʻAuhea ʻoe, ē ke kanaka o ke akua, eia kā kāua wahi ʻai, ua loaʻa maila mai ka pō mai ka pō mai; no laila nāu e ʻaumakua mai i ka ʻai a kāua (prayer), hearken, O man who serves the god, here is food for you [literally,., our food], received from the night, so bless our food in the name of the ʻaumakua.

3. vt., To ask someone to hula; the request was not refused without giving the caller a lei or flower.

  • Examples:
    • ʻAumakua iā Kamuela, Samuel must dance!

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ʻaumākua Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / ʻau.mākua /,

Plural of ʻaumakua.

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AU-MA-KU-A Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Name of a class of ancient gods who were considered able and trustworthy; na akua i ka po, o na aumakua i ke ao, gods of the night, gods of the day; o Kiha i ka po, o Liloa i ka po, o Umi i ka po, o Mea i ke ao.

AU-MA-KU-A Andrews, Haw to Eng,

adj. He akua aumakua, able, that may be trusted as a child trusts to a parent; ua ola ke akua aumakua. Kukuluia ka hale no ko Kamehameha mau iwi, i mea e hoolilo ai ia ia i akua aumakua, a house was built, for Kamehameha's bones that he might become a substantial god.

AU-MA-KU-A Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. A person so called who provided for a chief or for chiefs; a trusty, steadfast servant; one who is not easily provoked to leave his place.

Aumakua (ă'u-mā' kū'-ă), adj. Parker, Haw to Eng,

Able, that may be trusted as a child trusts to a parent; ua ola ke akua aumakua. Kukulua ka hale no ko Kamehameha mau iwi, i mea e hoolilo ai iaia i akua aumakua, a house was built for Kamehameha's bones that he might become a reliable god.

Aumakua (ău'-mā'-kū'-ă), n. Parker, Haw to Eng,

A trustworthy person. A person who provided for a chief or for chief's. A trusty, steadfast servant; one who is not easily persuaded to leave his place.

Aumakua (ă'u-mā'-kū'-ā), n. Parker, Haw to Eng,

A class of ancient gods who were considered able and trustworthy: na aumakua i ka po, na aumakua i ke ao, gods of the day; o kiha i ka po, o Liloa i ka po, o Umi i ka po, o Mea i ke ao.

ʻaumakua Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

, 'personal or family god'

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