1. n., Honored attendant, guardian, nurse, keeper of ʻunihipili bones, regent, keeper, administrator, warden, caretaker, master, mistress; pastor, minister, reverend, or preacher of a church; one who has a dog, cat, pig, or other pet. According to J. S. Emerson; 92:2, kahu “implies the most intimate and confidential relations between the god and its guardian or keeper, while the word kahuna suggests more of the professional relation of the priest to the community.”
- Kona kahu, his attendant.
- ʻO ka ʻīlio kahu, the dog's master.
- Hoʻi nō ʻai i kou kahu, return and destroy your keeper [sending a curse or evil back to the original sender].
2. v., n. To tend or cook at an oven fire; to build an oven fire; to burn, as lime in a pit; one who tends an oven, a cook. Figuratively, to seethe with hot rage.
- E kahu ana kō ia nei inaina, the rage of this [man] here is seething.
- Kahu ka ʻena, to attend the heat [to be angry].
- PPN tafu.
3. Similar to kahukahu.
- Kahu ma ka paha ʻana (GP 52), pray in chant.
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