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mokihana

/ moki.hana / Haw to Eng, Pukui-Elbert,

1. n., A native tree (Pelea anisata), found only on Kauaʻi, belonging to the citrus family. The small, leathery, cube-shaped, anise-scented fruits, which change from green to brown, are strung in leis; they represent Kauaʻi in the leis of the islands, as designated in 1923 by the Territorial legislature. The large leaves are also fragrant.

  • References:
    • Neal 478.

2. n., A variety of kava famous on Kauaʻi; it has short, stubby internodes. It is named for the mokihana fruit because of its fragrance.

3. n., A native variety of taro.

  • References:
    • HP 33.

Nā LepiliTags: flora Kauaʻi kalo

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s. A species of strong scented wood.

2. A species of mushroom.

3. An odor; a fragrance.

Mokihana (mō'-kĭ-hă'-na), n.

/ mō'-kĭ-hă'-na / Haw to Eng, Parker,

1. A slender tree 12 to 15 feet high. (Pelea anisata.) Found in various parts of Kauai, but more abundant in Hanalei; the pods when bruised emit a strong spicy odor of anise. Also spelled mokehana.

2. An odor; a fragrance; the perfume of the mokihana.

Mokihana (mo'-ki-hā'nă):

/ mo'-ki-hā'nă / Haw to Eng, Parker,

an odoriferous tree (Pelea anisata): Stream, Waimea, Kauai.

Valley and stream, Wai-mea district, northwest Kauaʻi. Lit., Pelea anisata (a tree found only on Kauaʻi; its flowers, strung in leis, represent Kauaʻi).

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