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1. nvt., To twist, braid, spin; twisted, braided; threadlike; faint streak of light.

  • Examples:
    • Ua hilo ʻia i ke aho a ke aloha, braided with the cords of love.
    • He olonā i hilo ʻia (Puk. 26.1), fine twined linen .
  • References:

2. (Cap.) n., First night of the new moon.

  • References:
    • See Malo 35.
    • PCP filo.

3. (Cap.) n., Name of a famous Polynesian navigator for whom the city and district may have been named.

  • References:
    • See sayings, Hilo (English-Hawaiian)
    • PCP filo.

4. Same as mauʻu Hilo, Hilo grass.

5. n., Gonorrhea; a running sore.

  • References:
    • Oihk. 15.3.

6. n., A variety of sweet potato.

7. See iwi hilo.

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Hilo, the city and district (also the name of a famous Polynesian navigator and of the first night of the new moon), perhaps mentioned in chant and saying more than any other single place in the Hawaiian Islands: see ʻAʻala honua, hālau #1, holowaʻa #1, kaʻele #1, kinai #2, laumeke, ʻōiwi #2, poʻi #1, umauma, rain, storm, UL 104. All of these refer to rain and its rich symbolism.

  • Examples:
    • Exhausted by the many streams of Hilo, many hills, countless descents … cliffs of windward the upright cliffs of Hilo (PH 32), pau ke aho i ke kahawai lau o Hilo, he lau ka puʻu, he mano ka ihona æ he pali no Koʻolau kā Hilo pali kū (of trial and hardship).
    • Voice with many tears of Hilo (FS 225), ka leo waimaka nui o Hilo.

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1. v., To twist, as a string on the thigh; to twist with the thumb and fingers.

2. To spin; to turn, as in twisting. See hili, milo, wili, &c.

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1. adj., Thready; threadlike.

2. adj., Spun; drawn out and twisted into threads.

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1. n., The first night in which the new moon can be seen (like a twisted thread): o hilo ka po mua no ka puahilo ana o ka mahina.

2. n., Gonorrhea.

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1. v., To twist with two or three strands, as a Hawaiian rolls a string on his thigh.

2. v., To twist with the thumb and fingers.

3. v., To spin; to turn, as in twisting. See hili, milo, wili, etc.

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  • City (1970 populalion 26,353), bay, district, harbor, golf courses, schools, and ancient surfing area (Finney and Houston 26), Hawaiʻi. Three sections of Hilo town are: Hiloone (sand Hilo), near the sea; Hilo-Hanakahi, an inland section toward Keaukaha, named for a chief famous in song (Elbert and Mahoe 50; PH 27); and Hilopalikū (Hilo of the upright cliff), east of the Wailuku River (PH 29). (See PE, Kanilehua.) Perhaps named for the first night of the new moon or for a Polynesian navigator. Forest reserve in Hilo and Hāmākua districts; trail in Hilo and Puna districts. (For a saying, see Appendix 8.1.)
  • Street, Wilhelmina Rise, Honolulu, Oʻahu, named for Hilo crab grass (TM).

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  • 1. Bay, breakwater, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Construction of the Hilo Breakwater across Hilo Bay was undertaken in three sections, which were completed respectively in 1910, 1911, and 1929. The third section extended the breakwater to its present length of 10,070 feet, or 1.9 miles.
  • 2. Harbor, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Hilo Harbor was created by building the Hilo Breakwater seaward of Kūhiō Bay, a large, natural deepwater gap in the fringing reef at Waiākea, and then by enlarging the gap to form the harbor basin. A deepwater channel was dredged into the bay in 1914, and from 1925 to 1930 additional dredging operations enlarged the bay to form the present harbor basin. Piers 1, 2, and 3 were built during this period. Hilo Harbor is one of the Big Island's two deep-draft harbors; the other is Kawaihae Harbor.
  • 3. Harbor range lights, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Navigational aids for boats entering the harbor. Name of the first night of the new moon; also a legendary navigator.

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