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olonā Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / olo.nā /,

n., A native shrub (Touchardia latifolia 🌐), with large, ovate, fine-toothed leaves, related to the māmaki. Formerly the bark was valued highly as the source of a strong, durable fiber for fishing nets, for nets (kōkō) to carry containers, and as a base for ti-leaf raincoats and feather capes.

  • Examples:
    • Cord of ʻolonā fiber; flax (Sol. 31.13), hemp, linen; muscle ligament, sinew (Kol. 2.19).
    • Olonā i hilo ʻia (Puk. 28.15), fine twirled linen.
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O-LO-NA Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. A shrub, the bark of which dressed resembles bleached hemp or flax, and is made into small cords.

2. The name of the cord itself; hence,

3. Flax; hemp; linen. Puk. 9:31.

4. A cord; tendon of a muscle of animals or men. Kol. 2:19. A muscle. Sol. 3:8. Olona hao, an iron sinew. Isa. 48:4. The hamstring of an animal. Kin. 32:32. In surgery, a ligament. Anat. 1:24.

O-LO-NA Andrews, Haw to Eng,

adj. Flaxen; pertaining to linen. Ier. 13:1. Ka lole olona maikai; he ie nani olona; ua aahuia i ka lole olona aiai keokeo. Hoik. 15:6.

Olona (o'-lo-nā'), adj. Parker, Haw to Eng,

Flaxen; pertaining to linen: ka lole olona maikai; he ie nani olona; ua aahuia i ka lole olona aiai keokeo.

Olona (o'-lo-nā'), n. Parker, Haw to Eng,

1. A shrub (Touchardia latifolia), 4 to 8 feet high which yields a fiber highly prized for tenacity and durability, and was used chiefly for making fishing nets.

2. The cord itself; hence,

3. Flax; hemp; linen.

4. A cord; tendon of a muscle of animals or men; the hamstring of an animal; in surgery, a ligament; a muscle: olona hao, an iron sinew.

Olonā Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Lane, Lanakila section, Honolulu, named for a native shrub from which cord was made. (TM.)

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