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hula kuʻi Molokaʻi

/ hula kuʻi Molo.kaʻi / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., The punch (kuʻi) hula of Molokaʻi, an ancient, fast dance with stamping, heel twisting, thigh slapping, dipping of knees, doubling of fists as in boxing, vigorous gestures imitative of such pursuits as dragging fish nets, and unaccompanied by instruments. This dance originated on Molokaʻi, an island famous for sports. Many of the songs contain taunts, as a laʻa kō kū i ke aʻu, now you are jabbed by the swordfish.

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