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hāpapa Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / hā.papa /,

1. n., Rock stratum covered with thin earth; shoal; shoal water, coral flat; shallow. Figuratively, superficial.

2. vt., To grope, feel the way, reach for, extend out; to experience, feel.

  • Examples:
    • Hāpapa hewa ka malihini makamaka ʻole, a stranger without friends gropes vainly.
    • ʻO ka makapō wale nō ka mea hāpapa i ka pō uli, only the blind grope in the dark night.
    • ʻA ʻole hoʻi i hāpapa ikaika loa mai nā ʻeheu ʻiniʻini a ke kēhau (Kel. 17), did not feel very strongly the pinching wings of dew.

3. n., Stick for catching ʻio hawks; the crosspieces were gummed and a live bird was tied as a decoy.

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Hāpapa Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Gulch, Puʻu-o-kali qd., Maui. Mountain, Wai-ʻanae Mountains, Oʻahu. Lit., rock stratum.

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