1. n., Sky, atmosphere, space, air, upper heavens; aerial.
2. vi., To float, dangle, swing, hang, oscillate; swinging, dangling, pendulous, afloat, unstable; limber-jointed, of admired hula dancers.
- E ola ana ʻoia nei a lewa ke kanahiku, he will live on to past seventy.
- Halelewa, tabernacle.
- Hōkū lewa, moving star, planet.
- One lewa, shifting sand.
- Kai lewa, deep sea out of sight of land.
- Ka moana lewa loa, the deep ocean.
- Waiū lewa, long, pendulous breasts.
- hoʻolewa Caus/sim.
- a. To float, as a cloud; to lift up and carry, as on a stretcher; to suspend. Moe hoʻolewa, stretcher, hammock. Nā mea hoʻolewa, peddlers [they carried their goods swinging on a carrying pole; cf. kālewa #1].
- b. To rotate the hips in dancing, sway. See song under Hopoe. He aha ē ka hana a ʻAnapau lā? Hoʻolewa ka hana a ʻAnapau lā (song), what is the work of ʻAnapau there? Rotating the hips is the work of ʻAna-pau there. PNP lewa.
- Cf. akalewa, haʻalewa.
3. nvs., Homeless vagabond, wanderer; landless, homeless.
- He lewa hele, ʻaʻohe kahua paʻa, a wandering traveler without fixed residence.
- Poʻe lewa (1 Pet. 2.11), pilgrims.
4. vi., To know thoroughly, as a type of work; to be thoroughly familiar with, as a place.
- Ua lewa iaʻu ka hana o ke kuiki kapa, I'm thoroughly familiar with the work of quilting.
- Ua hele au i kēia mau kuahiwi ā lewa, I've gone to these mountains until I know every nook and corner.
5. (Cap.) n., Name of a star.
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