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akua Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. vs., God, goddess, spirit, ghost, devil, image, idol, corpse; divine, supernatural, godly.

  • Examples:
    • Kona akua, his god.
    • Akua nō kona ʻike, his knowledge is indeed divine.
    • ʻAi akua, to have a prodigious appetite, as though possessed of gods [as youthful heroes in legends].
    • Nāna nō i hāʻawi i ke akua, through her given to the god [death by sorcery, cursed].
  • References:

2. (Cap.) n., God (Christian).

3. n., “It” in a game of tag or hide-and-seek.

4. (Cap.) Name of the 14th night of the full moon.

5. Same as maiʻa Polapola, a banana.

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akua Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

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A-KU-A Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Among Hawaiians, formerly, the name of any supernatural being, the object of fear or worship; a god. The term, on the visit of foreigners, was applied to artificial objects, the nature or properties of which Hawaiians did not understand, as the movement of a watch, a compass, the self-striking of a clock, &c.

At present, the word Akua is used for the true God, the Deity, the object of love and obedience as well as fear.

2. The name of the night when the moon was perfectly full; a akaka loa o ia poepoe ana, o Akua ia po; hence it would seem that the ancient idea of an Akua embraced something incomprehensible, powerful, and yet complete, full orbed. The names of the four principal gods of the Hawaiians were Ku, Lono, Kane, and Kanaloa.

Akua (ā-kŭ'-ă), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / ā-kŭ'-ă /,

1. Formerly, among Hawaiians, the name of any supernatural being, the object of fear or worship; a god. The term, on the visit of foreigners, was applied to artificial objects, the nature or properties of which Hawaiians did not understand, as the movement of a watch, a compass, the striking of a clock, etc.

2. At present, the word Akua is used for the true God, the Deity, the object of love and obedience as well as fear.

3. The name of the night when the moon was perfectly full: A akaka loa o ia poepoe ana o Akua ia po. It would seem that the ancient idea of an Akua embraced something incomprehensible, powerful, and yet complete, full orbed. The names of the four principal gods of the Hawaiians were Ku, Lono, Kane and Kanaloa.

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