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interjection, Why? What? For what reason? To do What? To ask what? (Aha frequently follows he and is often written heaha; cf. Gram. 4.6, 8.5.)

  • Examples:
    • He aha? What is it? What?
    • He aha kēlā? What is that?
    • He aha kāna? What has he got there? What does he have to say about it? What business is it of his [sarcastic]?
    • I ke aha? Why? What for?
    • He aha ia mea? What of it [frequently spoken with an outward gesture of the right hand with palm upwards]?
    • He … aha? What kind of? For what purpose? He hale aha kēlā? What kind of a house is that? What is it used for? He mea aha? What's it used for [annoyance]? Why?
    • He aha ihola lā, no one knows why, for no apparent reason.
    • He aha ihola lā ʻo ka ua nō ia, for no reason it's raining. To what? Why?
    • E hele ana ʻoe i ke aha? Why are you going?
    • No ke aha? Why?
    • E aha ana ʻoe? What are you doing?
    • E aha ʻia ana? What is being done?
    • E aha ana lā lāua nie? (FS 231) What are the two doing here?
    • I aha ʻia ke kaʻa? What happened to the car?
    • I aha ai ka hele ʻana? (pronounced iahai), Why go?
    • E kamaʻilio ā e aha? What's the use of talking?
    • Aha maila ke kahuna, “He mea aha?” (Kep. 21) The priest asked, “What's that?”
    • O aha? Lest what? What will happen then?
    • O ahaʻina (contraction of o aha ʻia ana)? Lest what happen?
  • References:
    • PPN haa and probably hafa, PEP afa.

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interjection, Aha (exclamation of surprise).

  • Examples:
    • Āhā, loaʻa pono ke kolohe! Ah, the culprit is caught redhanded!

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1. n., Meeting, assembly, gathering, convention, court, party.

2. nvi., Sennit; cord braided of coconut husk, human hair, intestines of animals; string for a musical instrument; to stretch the ʻaha cord for the outline of a house so that the posts may be properly placed; measurement of an edge or border.

  • Examples:
    • Ua like nā ʻaha, the sides are of equal length [as of a rectangle].
    • E kiʻi i ke kaula e ʻaha ai, get a cord to stake out the house with.
  • References:
    • PPN kafa.

3. n., A prayer or service whose efficacy depended on recitation under taboo and without interruption. The priest was said to carry a cord (ʻaha).

  • Examples:
    • Ua kaʻi ka ʻaha, the prayer is rendered.
    • Loaʻa kā kākou ʻaha, our prayer is rendered successfully.
    • Ua lilo ka ʻaha, ā laila pule hou, the prayer has not been successfully given, so pray again.
  • References:
    • Malo 180–1.

4. n., Millepede, so called because it coils itself up like a string.

5. n., Any of the needlefishes of the family Belonidae 🌐.

6. n., Design supposed to resemble the continuing track of a duck, carved on tapa beaters.

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num., Four (usually in counting in series): four times.

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Āha! Ahahana!

kikino, Council.

  • Source:
    • Existing dictionary word, Extended meaning

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num. adj. See HA. Four; the number four; also eha.

s. A company or assembly of people for any purpose. Puk. 35:1. Often compounded with some qualifying word; as, ahaaina, ahaolelo, ahakanaka, ahahookolokolo, ahamokomoko, &c. See these compounds, which are sometimes written in one word, and sometimes divided. Ahaakohipa. a company for shearing sheep. 2 Sam. 13:23.

s. Name of a certain prayer connected with a kapu; ina walaau ke kanaka i ka aha, make no ia, if a man should make a noise during the prayer, he would die, i. e., he would be guilty of an offense for which he would forfeit his life. The name originated in the fact that cocoanut fibre (see AHA, below) is very strong when braided into strings; so this prayer, with its rigid kapus, was supposed to be very efficacious in holding the kingdom together in times of danger.

2. The success or answer of a prayer, or such a proper performance of prayer as to insure success; loaa ka kakou aha, we have received our prayer, i. e., the answer; ua lilo ka aha, alaila, e pule hou, the prayer is lost, (of no avail,) then pray again.

s. A cord braided from the husk of the cocoanut.

2. A cord braided from human hair.

3. Strings made from the intestines of animals; ka naan i mea aha moa, the intestines for strings to tie fowls with; he aha, pulu niu; he aha waa a me ka aha hoa waa, a cord for tying and strengthening a canoe in a storm; he aha palaoa, he lauoho i hili nilo ia.

s. Name of a small piece of wood, around which was wound a piece of kapa, and held in the hand of the priest while offering sacrifices.

2. Name of a kind of kapa made on Molokai.

s. The earwig.

2. The name of a species of long fish swimming near the surface of the water.

inter. pron. Declinable with the definite article; indeclinable with the indefinite. Gram. § 159. Heaha, what? often united with the article; why? for what reason? Hal. 68:16. No keaha? i keaha? It is also used as an interrogative adverb, why?

v. To what; to do, &c.; e aha ana oia? what shall he do? Of course it is used only in the interrogative. Ioh. 20:21.

An interjection of surprise, wonder, &c. Ua heluhelu lakou, aha; ua loaa lakou e moe ana, aha.

v. To stretch the cord by which the first posts of a house were put down or set straight; e kii i ke kaula e aha ai, fetch the rope to make straight with.

2. FIG. Aha, oia ka ana a me ka aha pololei no ke anpuni, aha, that is, to measure and direct straightly the government.

s. Used in the expressions, ua like na aha, the sides are equal; aha like, meaning side—measure perhaps.

uwe! aikola!

The numeral four. Same as eha.

Aha (ă'-hā'), interj.

Parker Haw to Eng,

An exclamation of surprise or wonder: ua heluhelu lakou, aha; ua loaa lakou e moe ana, aha?

Aha (ā'-hă), interrog. adv.

Parker Haw to Eng,

Why; for what cause, purpose, or reason: E aha ana oia? What is he doing?

Aha (ā'-hă), interrog. pron.

Parker Haw to Eng,

What? Declinable with the definite article, indeclinable with the indefinite: heaha, what? often united with the article: for what reason? No keaha? i keaha?

1. A small piece of wood, around which was wound a piece of tapa, held in the hand of the priest while offering sacrifices.

2. A kind of tapa made on Molokai.

3. A cord braided from the husk of the coconut.

4. A cord braided from human hair.

5. Strings made from the intestines of animals: ka naau i mea aha moa, the intestines used for strings to tie fowls with; he aha pulu niu; he aha waa a me ka aha hoa waa, a cord for tying and strengthening a canoe in a storm; he aha palaoa, he lauoho i hili uilo ia.

6. A company or assembly of people. (Often compounded with some qualifying word: as, ahaaina, ahaolelo, ahakanaka, ahahookolokolo, ahamokomoko, etc. See these compounds, which are sometimes written in one word, and sometimes divided.)

7. An assemblage of priests met for the purpose of offering prayer and sacrifice to ward off evil. (The kahuna nui or high priest was the head of such an assembly and holds in his hand a piece of mamane or kauwila wood wrapped in dark tapa (aeokahaloa) a symbol of authority.)

8. Name of a certain prayer used in the aha kapu: ina walaau ke kanaka i ka aha, make no ia, if a man should make a noise during the prayer, he would die; that is, he would be guilty of an offense for which he would forfeit his life. (The name originated in the fact that coconut fiber is very strong when braided into strings; so this prayer, with its rigid tabus, was supposed to be very efficacious in holding the kingdom together in times of danger.)

9. The success or answer of a prayer, or such a proper performance of prayer as to insure success; loaa ka kakou aha, we have received our prayer, that is, the answer; ua lilo ka aha, alaila, e pule hou, the prayer is lost (of no avail); then pray again.

10. The earwig.

11. A species of long fish swimming near the surface of the water.

12. Edge or border of a surface; measure in a single line. Used in the expressions: ua like na aha, the sides are equal; aha like, side measurements.

13. A design supposed to resemble the track of a duck. Syn: Ahaana and kapuai koloa, duck footprint.

AHA 28 AHA

To stretch the cord by which the first posts of a house were put down or set straight: e kii i ke kaula e aha ai, fetch the rope to make straight with.

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