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manō Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., Shark (general name).

  • Figuratively, a passionate lover.
  • Examples:
    • Manō iʻa, ordinary shark.
    • Manō hae, fierce shark or fighter.
    • Manō kanaka, shark thought to be born of a human mother and sired by a shark god, or by a deified person whose spirit possesses a shark or turns into a shark.
    • Manō ihu waʻa, shark traditionally said to rest its head on the outrigger of a canoe, beloved by fishermen and fed; literally, bow shark.
    • Pau pele, pau manō, consumed by volcanic fire, consumed by shark [may I die if I don't keep my pledge].
  • References:

Tags: fauna ʻaumakua fish

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Manō Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Ridge in upper Kamana Nui Valley, Moanalua, Oʻahu. A shark man lived in a cave here; both the man and the cave were called Keanaokamanō (the cave of the shark). The man followed bathing parties to the sea and killed them, but he was finally killed. He cultivated kava and yams (uhi). Literally, shark.

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