1. nvt. To braid or plait, as a lei or candlenuts; a braid, plaiting, string. See lei hili. Ka hili ʻana i ka lauoho (1 Pet. 3.3), the plaiting of the hair. (PPN firi.)
2. vi. To turn aside, deviate, miss the way, wander, stray. Cf. hilikau, pūhili. Mea hili i hope, straggler. Ua pā hili, rain blown by wind in various directions. Mai hili ʻiʻo paha au inā ʻaʻole kēia kamaʻāina, I might have gone quite astray had it not been for this native of the place. hoʻo.hili Caus/sim.; to lead astray. (PPN fili.)
3. nvt. To whip, smite, thrash, switch, bat; batter, as in baseball; stroke, as in fighting. Mea hili kinipōpō, batter. hoʻo.hili Caus/sim.; to pretend to whip, to whip gently.
4. n. Bark used in dyeing, as hili kukui, hili kōlea, hili noni; the dark-brown dye made from this bark; a tapa dyed with hili; to dye with hili.