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ʻole Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n.v. Not, without, lacking; to deny; zero, nothing, nought, negative; nothingness, nobody; im-, in-, un-.

  • Examples:
    • Maikaʻi ʻole, not good; bad.
    • Paʻa ka ʻole i ka waha, holds “no” in the mouth.
    • Na wai e ʻole ka hoʻohihi i ka nani o Leahi? Who can help taking a fancy to the beauty of Diamond Head? ʻAʻohe āna hana, hana ʻole, there is no work he won't do.
    • E ʻole nō ʻoe, if it weren't for you; [sarcastically] you think you are indispensable!
    • Na wai ʻole nō ka nele i ka ua mea o ka piliwaiwai? Who could help being poor with so much gambling?
    • ʻAʻole e ʻole, undoubtedly, of course.
    • Eia aʻe ʻo ʻole wale mā, here come Mr. and Mrs. Nobody [insulting].
    • ʻAʻole e ʻole kona hele i kēia lā, there's no doubt of his going today.
    • He ʻole manawa ʻino (FS 245), don't be cruel.
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2. (Cap.) For nights of the moon beginning with ʻOle see below and Malo 31, 32, 35. Collectively these nights were called nā ʻOle; they were considered unlucky for fishing, planting, or beginning any important activity because ʻole also means nothing.

  • Examples:
    • Eia kākou i nā ʻOle, here we are at the ʻOle nights [a time of poor luck].
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