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kua

Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

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

Māmaka Kaiao Haw to 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.

Kua

Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

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

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