1. nvs. Watery, muddy, wet, swampy, greasy, fat, lush.
- Figuratively, impurity.
- Wao kele, forested uplands.
- Moku kele, district surrounded by water; submerged island.
- hoʻokele Caus/sim.; Same as hoʻokelekele.
2. nvi. To sail; reached by sailing; flight, sailing.
- Awa kele, harbor that may be reached by sailing.
- He moku kele i ka waʻa, an island reached by canoe.
- Momoku ahi kele kahi, firebrand lighted at one end only before being hurled over a cliff.
- Momoku ahi kele lua, firebrand lighted at both ends.
- hoʻokele Caus/sim.; Steersman, helmsman, navigator; to sail or navigate, as the master of a ship; to steer; to drive, as a car. Figuratively, to conduct any business.
- Poʻe hoʻokele moku, ship crew or navigators.
- Hoʻokele ʻino, to speed, drive, sail recklessly.
- Hoʻokeleʻale, name of a navigation star.
- Hoʻokelewaʻa, the star Sirius.
- Hoʻokele kaʻa, chauffeur, driver; to drive a car.
- Hoʻokele waʻa lolo niu, to sail coconut bloom sheaths as [toy] canoes.
3. vt. To scrape cooked taro with ʻopihi or spoon after peeling is removed, to clean it in preparation for pounding.
4. Variant of kela #1.
5. n. A fresh-water weed.
6. n. Any kind of wild taro.
7. n. Jelly, jam.