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hemahema

/ hema.hema / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

1. nvs., Awkward, clumsy, unskilled, inexpert, incompetent, unprepared, inefficient, inexperienced; lack of skill; to not know well.

  • Examples:
    • ʻIke hemahema, to know imperfectly.
  • References:
    • PPN semasema.

2. nvs., Want, need, necessity; lacking, destitute (Oihk. 22.23), needy.

  • Examples:
    • Ua hemo nā hemahema, the needs are met.

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