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hunakai Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / huna.kai /,

1. n., White-flowered beach morning-glory (Ipomea stolonifera; synonym, I. acetosaefolia), distributed in tropical regions, with oblong to lyre-shaped leaves, and white flowers with yellow centers.

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    • Neal 705.

2. n., Sanderling (Calidris alba 🌐), a small winter migrant to Hawaiʻi, cinnamon brown with dark markings. Literally, sea foam, so called from the bird's habit of following close behind receding waves.

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HU-NA-KAI Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Huna and kai, sea. The fine spray of the sea.

Hunakai (hū'-nă-kă'i), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / hū'-nă-kă'i /,

[Huna, small, and kai, sea.]

1. The fine spray of the sea.

2. Sea foam.

3. A species of bird; small three-toed sandpiper; a sanderling.

Hunakai Hawaiʻi Place Names,

Beach, surf site, Kāhala, Oʻahu. Section of Kāhala Beach at the intersection of Kāhala Avenue and Hunakai Street. The surf site is off the right-of-way. Also known as Mothers Beach. Lit., sea foam. Name of a bird, the sanderling (Crocethia alba), a small winter migrant to Hawaiʻi, cinnamon brown with dark markings. The bird was thus named because it runs after receding waves in search of food.

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