1. nvi., Sound or noise of any kind; pitch in music; to sound, cry out, ring, peal, jingle, tinkle, toll, whir, resound, reverberate; roar, rumble, crow, resonance; to strike or tick, of a clock, to sing, as birds; voiced.
- Kani ā hiaʻā, to grieve and moan so sorrowfully that one cannot sleep.
- Kani ā ʻuʻina, flash of lighting followed immediately by a peal of thunder.
- Leo kani, sweet or pleasant voice.
- Mākaukau, kī, kani, ready, aim, fire.
- Kani ka papa waʻa, the canoe floor sounds [a poetic expression applied to aged persons just before death, as the dead were sometimes laid in canoes which were placed in burial caves].
- ʻUmi minuke i koe, kani ka hola ʻewalu, ten minutes before eight; literally, ten minutes remaining strikes the hour eight.
- Ua pūhā kēia lāʻau, ke kani ʻia ala e ka manu (Nak. 36), this tree is rotten, [it] is being made to sound by the bird [said of a tree not suitable for a canoe: see ʻelepaio #1].
- He poʻe lākou i kani ka iwi ā ua noho wahine hoʻi, they are a people whose bones have hardened and who are married to women.
- Pūkoʻa kani ʻāina, a hard rock of land; figuratively, a tough fighter.
- Cf. kani wahie, wīkani.
3. vt., To satisfy a need, particularly thirst; to drink.
- E ʻeleu like aʻe kākou, e kani wai ā hoʻi aʻe (chant for Kapiʻolani), let's all hurry together, drink water and go home.
- Cf. Kanilehua.
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