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kāʻeʻe / kā.ʻeʻe / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., A sea bean (Mucuna gigantea 🌐), native from southeast Asia, east into Polynesia, a high-growing vine, bearing greenish flowers and large pods, each pod containing two to four round and flattened seeds, black-spotted or brown. In Hawaiʻi, the seeds, known as pēkaʻa, are found on the beaches, and are used medicinally for their strong purgative effect and are also strung for leis.

  • References:
    • Neal 462.

2. n., Hand net hanging on an ellipsoidal wooden frame with one end pointed, used for ʻōhua and other inshore fish; to use this net or a skirt of a dress in this type of fishing; to strain, as through a strainer.

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