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/ hā.puʻu / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

1. n., An endemic tree fern (Cibotium splendens, formerly called C. chamissoi), common in many forests of Hawaiʻi, as at Kīlauea Volcano, and now frequently cultivated. These ferns grow about 5 m high, and the trunks are crowned with large, triangular, lacy-looking fronds up to 2.7 m long, their light brown stems rising from a mass of silky, golden pulu (wool). Young stems were formerly used to make hats; the pulu was used as a dressing and to embalm the dead and later as stuffing for pillows and mattresses. The starchy trunk core has been used for cooking and laundry, the outer fibrous part to line or form baskets for plants. Young shoots are called pepeʻe.

2. n., Grouper, a fish (Epinephelus quernus).

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3. n., Budding.

  • Figuratively, child, baby; young, as of squid (rare).

4. n., A variety of taro, also hāpuʻupuʻu, that may be qualified by the colors ʻeleʻele, hāuliuli (favored by planters), kea or keʻokeʻo, lena, and ʻulaʻula.

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    • HP 17, 18, 32.

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