- Pala ka maiʻa, the bananas are ripe [a rude expression].
- Hoʻohui ʻāina pala ka maiʻa, annexation is ripe bananas (no good for us).
- For banana cultivation, see Kam. 76:37–9.
- Neal 245-51.
- PEP m(a,e)ika.
- Originally the banana was introduced by the Hawaiians, and native varieties were developed, some of which are still used. When the white man came, about 70 different kinds were known; today, only about half that number. These are mainly varieties of Musa xparadisiaca, especially the varieties sapientum and normalis. Some kinds are eaten raw, others cooked.
- Bananas were taboo to women except certain ones, as maiʻa iho lena and maiʻa pōpō ʻula, with yellow flesh.
- Bananas are not mentioned in songs because of unfavorable connotations: see līlā, ʻolohaka.
- It was considered bad luck to dream of bananas, to meet a man carrying bananas, or to take them in fishing canoes.
See entries tagged maiʻa.
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