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A word known only in the chant called Haui ka lani, (For. 6:368–410); according to Andrews (For. 6:368), an ancient, poetical name for hāʻule which he translates “fallen” but more probably hau, to strike + -i, transitivizer. A more accurate translation of the chant's title is “the chief is struck down.” (Gram. 6.6.4.) A less plausible interpretation is hau i ka lani, offer to the royal chief.

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1. n., A mythological character conspicuous in Hawaiian tradition. Haui was said to be the first of Hawaii's aliis, or chiefs, and a demi-god:

O Haui ka lani, he alii kiekie,
Haui is the lani (highest), a distinguished chief,
He kumu alii, he kumu akua.
Begetter of chiefs, origin of the gods.

2. n., The title of a chief, as a noble, a descendant of kings.

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