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niu Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n., The coconut (Cocos nucifera), a common palm in tropical islands of the Pacific and warm parts of eastern Asia; coconut meat or oil. Hawaiians used all parts of the tree.

  • Examples:
    • Niu moe a Kalapana, the supine coconut palm of Kala-pana. [Young trees were bent over and made to grow crookedly, in order to commemorate great events; two of such trees were at Kalapana in 1950].
    • Ē niu, ē kūlolo, O coconut, O coconut pudding [said of one who talks too much; see niu kūlolo].
  • References:
    • Neal 119–2l.
    • PPN niu.

2. vs., Spinning, whirling, dizzy.

Tags: flora food

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NI-U Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Name of the cocoanut tree and fruit. NOTE.—Under the kapu system, it was forbidden to females to eat cocoanuts; the punishment was death.

NI-U Andrews, Haw to Eng,

v. To whirl about in any way; to whirl, as a top.

Niu (nī'-u), n. Parker, Haw to Eng / nī'-u /,

The coconut palm; also the nut (Cocos nucifera).

Niu (nī'-u), v. Parker, Haw to Eng / nī'-u /,

Same as oniu, to spin.

Niu (ni'u): Parker, Haw to Eng / ni'u /,

coconut (Cocos nucifera). Land section, Oahu.

Niu Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

  • Ridge and valley, Waimea district, Kauaʻi.
  • Land division, Kaupō, Maui.
  • Subdivision of Honolulu, land division, valley, and intermediate school, Koko Head qd., Oʻahu.

Literally, coconut.

Tags: Kauaʻi Maui Oʻahu

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Niu Hawaiʻi Place Names,

Channel, peninsula, Niu, Oʻahu. A natural, unmarked channel cuts through the reef on the east side of Niu Peninsula and leads to an anchorage off the beachfront homes on the peninsula. The peninsula was created by filling in a former fishpond. Literally, coconut.

Tags: Oʻahu

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