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maiʻa lele Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

n., A common wild Hawaiian variety of banana of the uplands; trunk tall, yellowish-green; fruit yellow; flesh pink, edible raw or cooked, good for piepiele, eczema. Literally, altar banana.

  • References:
    • HP 176.
  • Notes:
    • Root of shoot used in medicine.
    • The fruit was commonly offered to gods, the tree planted to shelter the altar. It was planted far from a dwelling house, for fear it would cause the occupants to lele (fly) elsewhere.

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