1. n., Lei, garland, wreath; necklace of flowers, leaves, shells, ivory, feathers, or paper, given as a symbol of affection; beads; any ornament worn around the head or about the neck; to wear a lei; special song presenting a lei; crown; ring around a drake's neck; yoke, as for joining draft animals, especially oxen. Figuratively, a beloved child, wife, husband, sweetheart, younger sibling or child, so called because a beloved child was carried on the shoulders, with its legs draped down on both sides of the bearer like a lei.
- Kāna lei, his lei (to give away or sell).
- Kona lei, his lei (to wear).
- Leilani (name), royal child, heavenly lei.
- ʻUhene ahahana kaʻu lei naʻu ia (song), oh joy, oh boy, she's my darling.
- Cf. lei palaoa.
- PPN lei.
2. vi., To leap, fling, toss, spring forward; to rise, as a cloud. Usually used with hoʻo-.
- hoʻolei Caus/sim.; To cast, throw, heave, toss, pitch; to stretch, send.
- Hoʻolei ukana, to unload freight.
- Ka hoʻolei wāwae ʻana, marking time.
- Hoʻolei wale, to throw away wastefully, heedlessly, uselessly.
- Hoʻolei wale nō i ke kālā i nā leʻaleʻa lapuwale, merely throwing away money on worthless pleasures.
- Ua hoʻolei mai me kō lākou waha (Hal. 59.7), they belch out with their mouth.
- Hoʻolei loa, to throw completely away, to throw far.
- Hoʻolei loa akula nā wāwae a Nā-maka-o-Kahaʻi ā pololei (For. 4:69), Nāmaka-o-Kahaʻi stretched her legs out straight.
- Hoʻolei pōpō, name of an old ball game.
- Pupuʻu hoʻolei loa, to arrive with astonishing speed; to leave and arrive in no time at all; literally, crouch fling far.
- Hoʻōho hoʻolei, farflung shout.
- Hoʻolei koke nō iāia mauka ma ka ʻāina, quickly send him ashore.
- Nah. 10.11.
- PNP lei.
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