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ʻōpelu / ʻō.pelu / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. n., Mackerel scad (Decapterus pinnulatus and D. maruadsi); an ʻaumakua for some people.

  • Examples:
    • ʻŌpelu ana, a satisfied (ana) ʻōpelu that has escaped after eating the bait.
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2. n., A variety of taro.

3. n., Lobelia hypoleuca, a plant named for the supposed resemblance of its leaf to the fish of the same name.

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O-PE-LU Andrews Haw to Eng,

s. Name of a species of fish; mackerel; opelu ka okoa ia iho ka moku.

2. The name of one of the two fish which accompanied Pili when he came to the islands; alcu was the name of the other. D. Malo. 4:13.

Opelu (o-pe'-lu), n. / o-pe'-lu / Parker Haw to Eng,

1. The mackerel. Very active ocean food fishes of the genera Scomber and Decapterus.

2. The name of one of the two fishes, which accompanied Pili when he came to the islands; aku was the other. D. Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities, Chap. 4:13.(In ancient tradition, Aku and Opelu accompanied Pili on his voyage to Hawaii. Aku helped to paddle the canoe and Opelu calmed the winds when they were too strong.)

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