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1. nvi. Back, rear, burden, windward; to carry on the back, as a child. See ʻōpeʻa kua, paoa 2, and saying, pali. (Kua refers to a husband: cf. pilikua,) Ma ke kua, behind. Kahea kua, to call from behind one's back. Huli kua, to turn the back on, as to insult; back wall of a house. Pili ke kua me ke alo, the back touches the front [of a thin person]. He kua a kānāwai, a back [guarded by] law [certain chiefs' backs were taboo and such chiefs might not be approached front behind]. Kaʻū nui kua makani, great Kaʻū with windy back. I kua naʻu, a burden for me [as a request a dying person, asking for last instructions]. hoʻo.kua To persevere in work even when interest and pleasure have gone from it; burdensome. He hana hoʻokua nui, it's a very burdensome job. (PPN tuʻa.)

2. nvt. To hew, chop, chip, hack, dub, strike, cut out; to fell, strike down, as an image (Oihk. 26:30); anvil, as of a blacksmith or for beating tapa; house used for beating tapa. See ex. ʻauhau 3.

3. n. Beam, rafter.

4. n. Yoke of a dress; back of a garment; ox yoke.

5. n. Poles used in quilt making; the three unsewed quilt layers are placed on one another with the kua, poles, rolled into each end; the entirety is set over wooden horses and is stretched taut, so that the sewer may sew the layers together.

6. Var. of akua, god, image, especially after -a(cf. hoa kua). Cf. also Ke-ala-ke-kua (place name), the pathway [of] the images.

7. n. Midrib, as of pandanus leaf.

8. n. Third brew from kava. Cf. mahū, hope.

9. also sua n. Sewer. Eng.

kua-

pākuʻina kaumuaprefix Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. Generations back, two (or sometimes today, one) more than the suffixed number; see kuakahi, kualua, kuakolu, kuahā.

  • References:
    • PPN tua-.

2. Once, twice, three times, twofold, etc., depending on numeral suffix Rare.

3. Ridge, mountain.

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ʻAu kua. Back stroke, in swimming; to swim the back stroke. Lit., swim (on the) back. See entries below and kāʻei kua, kīloi kua.

v. To strike in a horizontal direction; hence,

1. To cut or hew down, as a tree with an axe; alaila kua laau ala o Kalanimoku, then Kalanimoku cut down sandal-wood.

2. To hew, as wood or stones. Kanl. 7:5. To cut out, as stone from a quarry; ke kua pohaku oe; to cut, as coral; hele aku la makou e kua puna.

3. To overthrow; to destroy (cut down), as an idol. Oihk. 26:30.

4. To throw or cast away; to put away; e kipaku.

s. The back of a person or animal in distinction from the face. Puk. 33:23. He kahi mahope o ke poo o ke kanaka, a o ka holoholona.

2. The top of a ridge or high land.

3. The hewed stick, block or wood on which kapa is beaten.

4. The anvil of a blacksmith, from its similarity to the kapa block (a modern application.) Isa. 41:7.

5. The name of one of the six houses of an ancient Hawaiian residence; he hale kua, oia kekahi. See HALE.

6. The name of a species of fish.

7. The front side of a place; ma ke alo o keia aina, he kua o ka moku ia. D. Malo 3:23.

1. The back of the head of a person or animal in distinction from the face: He kahi mahope o ke poo o ke kanaka, a o ka holoholona.

2. The top of a ridge or high land. See kualapa.

3. The woman's house; one of the six houses of an ancient Hawaiian residence.

4. Same as kuapa'a.

1. The hewn stick, block or wood on which tapa is beaten.

2. The anvil of a blacksmith.

3. An ox yoke from its similarity to the tapa block.

1. To strike in a horizontal direction; hence,

2. To cut or hew down, as a tree with an axe: alaila kua laau ala o Kalanimoku, then Kalanimoku cut down sandal-wood.

2. To hew, as wood or stones; to cut out, as stone from a quarry: ke kua pohaku oe; to cut, as coral: hele aku la makou e kua puna.

3. To overthrow; to destroy (cut down), as an idol.

Gulch, Ka-malō qd., south Molokaʻi. Lit., back.

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