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kauila Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / kau.ila /,

1. n., A native tree in the buckthorn family (Alphitonia ponderosa), found on the six main Hawaiian islands, with alternating leaves, oblong to narrow and woolly below; its hard wood was used for spears and mallets.

  • References:
    • Neal 541.

2. n., A native tree in the buckthorn family (Colubrina oppositifolia), found only on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi, with opposite leaves, ovate and to 15 cm long. Its hard wood was valued for spears and tools, and was not reputed to be poisonous.

3. n., Taboo ceremony consecrating a temple; ceremonial re-adorning of images with feathers.

4. n., Hard, reddish rock resembling ʻalā.

5. n., A kind of black, tough sugar cane.

6. See puhi kauila.

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KAU-I-LA Andrews, Haw to Eng,

v. To offer sacrifice at the close of a kapu.

KAU-I-LA Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Name of a species of hard reddish wood resembling mahogany.

2. He oa no Puukapele.

3. Puhi kauila.

4. He kapu kauila.

5. I kahi a lakou i pee ai a noa ke kauila.

Kauila (kă'u-ī'-la), adj. Parker, Haw to Eng / kă'u-ī'-la /,

Pertaining to the kauila ceremony: kapu kauila, tabu incident to the dedication of a heiau.

Kauila (kă'u-ī'-la), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / kă'u-ī'-la /,

A species of hard reddish wood. Same as kauwila.

Kauila (kă'u-ī'-la), v. Parker, Haw to Eng / kă'u-ī'-la /,

To offer special sacrifices during the dedication ceremonies of a heiau: Hoomakaukau no ka la e kauila ai ka heiau; make ready for the day when the heiau will be set apart for sacred uses.—Laieik. p. 165.

Kauila Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Street, Nuʻu-anu, Honolulu; the name is that of a number of species of hardwood trees; see PE, kauila.

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