1. n. Sovereignty, rule, independence.
- Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day.
- Hoʻihoʻi i ke ea o Hawaiʻi, restore the sovereignty of Hawaiʻi.
2. n. Life, air, breath, respiration, vapor, gas; fumes, as of tobacco; breeze, spirit (Isa. 42.5). This ea, as well as ea #1, ea #3, ea #4, is sometimes pronounced or sung ʻea.
- Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono (motto of Hawaiʻi), the life of the land is preserved in righteousness.
- He palupalu lākou, he ea hele wale aku (Hal. 78.39), they were flesh, a wind that passes away.
- Kāʻili ʻia aku ke ea o ʻAberahama (Kin. 25.8), Abraham gave up the ghost; literally, the breath of life was snatched away.
3. vi. To rise, go up, raise, become erect.
- Kai ea (Kep. 183), rising sea.
- Ua ea kona poʻo, his head was raised.
- Ke ea ʻana o ka ʻai, ka iʻa (Kep. 97), the obtaining of poi, fish..
- ʻAʻole hoʻi au e ea maluna o koʻu wahi moe (Hal. 132.3), I will not go up into my bed.
4. vi. To smell.
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