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hiohio haole

/ hio.hio haole / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

vi., To jibber jabber in the white man's language, so called because English seemed full of whistling (hiohio), sibilant sounds.

  • Examples:
    • Palalē ka leo o ka ua i luna o ka nahele, e hiohio haole ana (chant for Ka Haku o Hawaiʻi), indistinct voice of rain on the plants, shishing English.

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