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mokihana kūkae moa

/ moki.hana kū.kae moa / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., A small native tree (Pelea hawaiensis) with red leaf stems; when bruised its leaves have a lemony odor; found on several islands. P. h. var. gaudichaudii is believed restricted to the Kīlauea area. Literally, chicken dropping mokihana, probably so called because of small black seeds falling from the fruit.

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