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nēnē Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / nē.nē /,

1. nvi., To chirp, as a cricket; to croak, as a mudhen; crying, as in distress; whimpering, as a sleeping infant; rumor, gossip; to be attracted to; cherish, think of, as with affection.

  • Examples:
    • ʻO nā kānaka Hawaiʻi, he poʻe makeʻe haku, he poʻe nēnē ʻili kapu, the Hawaiian people are people who cherish their lords, people constantly thinking of the sacred skin [of chiefs].
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2. n., Hawaiian goose (Nesochen sandvicensis), protected and rare on Maui and in Hawaiʻi uplands (down to 40 at one time and about 1,000 in 1978).

3. n., Mat pattern: two vertical rows of triangles, with the bases below, and the apices touching the bases above.

4. n., A variety of ʻawa, stems green with dark-green spots.

5. Same as ʻaiakanēnē, a plant.

  • References:
    • Neal 803.

6. Probably same as nēnē ʻau kai.

Tags: fauna birds Maui Hawaiʻi flora kava

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Nēnē Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Street, Kalihi Waena, Honolulu, Oʻahu, named for the Hawaiian goose.

  • References:
    • TM.

Tags: Oʻahu

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