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nani Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. nvs., Beauty, glory, splendor; beautiful, pretty, glorious, splendid.

2. n., Beautiful flower (sometimes followed by -o- + place name).

3. n., Good thing (idiom).

  • Examples:
    • He nani nō ia, it's a good thing.

4. conjunction, Since, because.

  • Examples:
    • Nani hoʻi ua kiʻi ʻia maila e make, he aha lā hoʻi … (Kel. 37), since [I] am indeed summoned by death, what of it …
    • Nani nō ia e hele ana ʻoe i ke kula, e hoʻoikaika i ka haʻawina, since you are going to school, work hard on the lessons.

5. interjection, How much, how.

  • Examples:
    • Nani ka maikaʻi, how fine.
    • Nani ka pupuka, how very ugly.
    • Nani ʻino kuʻu makemake, how much I want it.
    • (He may precede nani in these sentences.)

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NA-NI Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Glory. Puk. 16:10. A high degree of external beauty; splendor; external excellence; i mea nani, a i mea maikai, for glory and for beauty. Puk. 28:2. Hoo. Glory. Hal. 96:8.

NA-NI Andrews, Haw to Eng,

v. To be glorious. Hoo. To extol; to praise; to glorify; to be manifested or known as glorious. Puk. 14:4. See LANI.

NA-NI Andrews, Haw to Eng,

adj. Beautiful; glorious; excellent; numerous; pleasant.

NA-NI Andrews, Haw to Eng,

(An intensive particle, intensifying in a high degree the idea of the words with which it is connected.) Nani ka maikai! O how beautiful! nani ka uuku! O how little! &c. Nani is also used with ino, another intensive. See INO. Nani ino kuu makemake! O how much I desire! or how very great is my desire! 2 Sam. 23:15. How much! how great! how noble! Ioan. 11:36. Nani is used impersonally; it is extraordinary; it is wonderful; it is unaccountable. Laieik. 71.

Nani (nă'-ni), adj. Parker, Haw to Eng,

Beautiful; glorious; excellent.

Nani (nă'-ni), n. Parker, Haw to Eng,

Glory; a high degree of external beauty; splendor; external excellence; i mea nani, a i mea maikai, for glory and for beauty.

Nani (nă'-ni), Parker, Haw to Eng,

an intensive participle intensifying in a high degree the idea of the words with which it is connected: Nani ka maikai O how beautiful! nani ka uuku! O how little! etc. Nani is also used with ino, another intensive. See ino Nani ino kuu makemake! O how much I desire! or how very great is my desire! How much! how great! how noble! Nani is used impersonally; it is extraordinary: it is wonderful; it is unaccountable. Laieik. p. 71.

Nani (nă'-ni), v. Parker, Haw to Eng,

1. To be glorious; to be extolled.

2. To be beautiful; to be an object of admiration.

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