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nvi., A seine; to fish with the seine. Literally, pull ropes (lau).

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hukilau

/ hū'-ki-lă'u / Parker Haw to Eng,

n., [Huki, to pull, and lau, leaves.] A method of fishing, in which a large number of persons drive the fish into a net by means of ropes hung with leaves, usually of the ti plant. This apparatus is called the lau.

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1. Beach, Lāʻie, Oʻahu. In 1947, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lāʻie put on a hukilau as a fundraiser to replace their chapel, which had been destroyed in a fire. A hukilau is a traditional method of fishing that employs a large group of people to pull a long net on-shore. The hukilau was held in Lāʻie Bay and proved to be so popular with tourists that it continued as a monthly attraction until 1971. One participant, Jack Owens, was so impressed with the event that he wrote the "Hukilau Song," which became a hapa-haole hula standard. Also known as Lāʻie Bay. 2. Beach park, Lāʻie, Oʻahu. Private beach park owned and maintained by Zion Securities at Hukilau Beach. Lit., to pull [a] rope with ti leaves [and a net attached].

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