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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.

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

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

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