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hīhīwai Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / hī.hī.wai /,

1. n., Endemic grainy snail (Neritinu graposa), in both fresh and brackish water, eaten both cooked and raw.

  • Examples:
    • He pō hīhīwai, a night for hīhīwai [a lucky time].
  • References:
    • PPN sisi, PNP sisiwai: cf. Samoan sisivai in Pratt.

2. n., A shellfish (Nerita vespertina).

3. n., A pelagic grapsid crab, probably Grapsus tenuicrustatus.

4. n., A tide in the high-tide zone.

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