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pōniu / pō.niu / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. nvs., Dizzy, giddy; dizziness; to rotate, whirl, spin, revolve, gyrate.

  • Examples:
    • Ke aloha pōniu ʻailana, dizzy with love and compassion.

2. Same as lolo, coconut sponge.

3. n., The balloon vine or heartseed (Cardiospermum halicacabum 🌐), a slender, herbaceous, tropical vine, with finely subdivided leaves, small white flowers, and 2.5 cm-wide balloon-like fruiting capsules, each with three seeds (black with a white heart-shaped scar). Hawaiians formerly used the whole plant as a magic remedy for dizziness, wearing it as a lei and eating a little, before throwing it away into the ocean.

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