kaunaʻoa/ kauna.ʻoa /
1. n., A native dodder (Cuscuta sandwichiana 🌐), belonging to the morning-glory family, a leafless, parasitic vine, growing densely on other plants. The numerous, slender, orange stems are used for orange leis to represent the island of Lānaʻi, as designated by the Territorial legislature in 1923.
- Hihi kaunaʻoa, hihi Mānā, aloha wale ia lāʻau kumu ʻole (saying), tangled parasite vine, tangled Mānā, pity for this vine without a trunk [of parasites or helpless folk].
- Neal 710–1.
2. n., A mollusk (Vermetidae 🌐).
3. n., A coarse, tough seaweed (Galaxaura rugosa), calcified and inedible, resembling kaunaʻoa #1 in being yellow to gold in color.
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