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kāʻiewe Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

n., Group of relatives who faithfully serve and care for a chief during illness; perhaps related to ʻiewe, placenta.

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KAI-E-WE Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Kai, to lead, and ewe, the navel string. A company following a chief; ka huakai. ke kaiewe o ka lani.

Kaiewe (kă'-ī-ē'-wĕ), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / kă'-ī-ē'-wĕ /,

[Ka, the, and iewe, navel string.]

1. The navel cord.

2. A company that follows a sick chief who is seeking to regain health. The word is used in a figurative sense to represent the followers of the chief as being the life-giving link between their chief and the unknown, unseen source of life: Ka huakai ke kaiewe o ka Lani.

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