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lauaʻe Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / lau.aʻe, lauwaʻe /,

1. n., A fragrant fern (Phymatosorus scolopendria 🌐 syn. Microsorium scolopendria); when crushed, its fragrance suggests that of maile; famous for its fragrance an Kauaʻi (see lauaʻe #2).

  • Examples:
    • Pieces were strung in pandanus leis between the keys.
  • References:
    • See chant, punia.
    • Neal 27.

2. nvs., Beloved, sweet, of a lover.

  • Examples:
    • Ka ipo lauaʻe o Makana, the sweet beloved of Makana [reference to the famous lauaʻe ferns of Makana, Kauaʻi].

3. Same as lauaʻe haole. Also lauwaʻe.

4. vt., To gather together, collect. Also lauwaʻe.

5. (Cap.) n., Wind, Honopū, Kauaʻi.

  • References:
    • Nak. 58.

Tags: flora Kauaʻi winds

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