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kāwaʻa / kā.waʻa / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n.v., To cast overboard from a canoe, as fish nets or as a victim to be executed at sea; a method of deep-sea fishing with nets.

2. interjection, Call of the curlew bird, believed to say: “I kāwaʻa, e holo, ua nui ke kai o ke aumoe, let's do canoe net fishing, sail, the sea is high at midnight.”

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