pōhuehue/ pō.hue.hue /
1. n., The beach morning-glory. (Ipomoea pes-caprae 🌐 subsp. brasiliensis), a strong vine found on sandy beaches in the tropics, the smooth, broad leaves notched at the tip; the flowers pink, bell-shaped; a white-flowered form is rare in Hawaiʻi; the fruits small, dry, round, four-seeded. Hawaiians still use the vines to drive fish into nets. Roots, stems, and seeds were used for medicine, though poisonous in large amounts.
- E kā i ka pōhuehue, strike with the pōhuehue. [One hit the sea with this vine to make a rough sea for surfing, or to kill an enemy who was in the sea.]
- Neal 709.
2. n., Poetic name for a fisherwoman's skirt, so called because the goddess Haumea draped pōhuehue, vines about herself as she fished.
3. n., A variety of yellow sweet potato.
4. n., A kind of stone used for polishing canoes.
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