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1. nvi., Back, rear, burden, windward; to carry on the back, as a child.

  • Examples:
    • Ma ke kua, behind.
    • 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].
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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.

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. Variant of akua, god, image, especially after -a (cf. hoa kua).

  • References:
    • Cf. also Kealakekua (place name), the pathway [of] the images.

7. n., Midrib, as of pandanus leaf.

8. n., Third brew from kava.

9. n., Sewer.

  • Source:
    • English.

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kua-

pākuʻina kaumuaprefix Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

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.

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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.

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1. 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.

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kua

kikinonoun / kū'-a / Haw to Eng, Parker,

1. n., 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. n., The top of a ridge or high land. See kualapa.

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

4. n., Same as kuapa'a.

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

2. n., The anvil of a blacksmith.

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

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1. v., To strike in a horizontal direction; hence,

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

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

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Kua

iʻoaproper noun WahiLocation, Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Gulch, Kamalō qd., south Molokaʻi.

  • Literally, back.

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