1. n., Sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum 🌐), a large unbranched grass brought to Hawaiʻi by early Polynesians as a source of sugar and fiber. The thick stems are full of sweet juicy pulp. In time, many different kinds of cane were produced, with many different attributes and names. Cane yields one of the most valuable plant products known. For commercial purposes the yield has been increased by hybridizing with such success that the sugar industry was for many years the largest industry in Hawaiʻi.
- He ʻoi kēlā ʻo ke kanaka huhū … ʻaʻohe pū kō momona iāia (For. 5:209), he's a very angry man … no clump of sugar cane will sweeten him up [i.e., you can't mollify his anger].
- Kō ʻeli lima a ʻo Hālāliʻi, hand-dug sugar cane of Hālāliʻi [famous in songs descriptive of Niʻihau; its stalks grew in sand with only the leaves protruding].
- Kō mai ana ke ʻala o ka pua o ka pīkake, the fragrance of the jasmine flower is wind-borne.
- I aloha i ke kō a ka wai, i ka ʻī mai “Anu kāua” (chant), beloved is the [current] pulling in the stream, saying “we are refreshed.”
- Kō ʻole ʻia, not done, accomplished; unsuccessful.
- Ua kō kaʻu hoʻopiʻi ma ke kānāwai, I won the lawsuit.
- PPN too .
4. vt., To break up lumps in poi by pressing against the side of a container.
5. n., Second note in musical scale, re.
6. n. and interjection, A call to pigs, fowl.
7. preposition, Of (o-rm possessive; Gram. 8.4.1).
- Kō kākou, our (plural, inclusive).
- Kō ʻAna hale, Anna's house.
- Kō ia, of him, his, hers, its; belonging to him or her.
- Kō laila, of that place; belonging to that place, local.
- Kō ʻoneʻi mokomoko nui (For. 5:411), the big fighter of this place.
- Kō ka ʻuhane, spiritual things.
- PNP toʻo .
8. possessive. Your (of one person; singular possessed object; replacing both kāu and kou, often with affectionate connotation; see Gram. 8.4.1).
- PCP too .
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