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1. nvs. Strongly odoriferous; a strong odor, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Paoa ke ʻala o ka naʻenaʻe (song), the perfume of the naʻenaʻe is strong. Iwi paoa, lucky; lit., fragrant bones. [But cf. paoa 2]. ʻO ka hana ia a ka lawaiʻa iwi paoa, that is the way of the lucky fisherman.

2. nvs. Unlucky, unsuccessful, as in fishing or sex; bad luck. [But cf. iwi paoa under paoa 1.] Na wai e ʻole ka paoa, ua kāhea kua ʻia, who can help having bad luck, when called from behind the back.

3. vt. To have a taste or desire for (usually used with waha, mouth), Paoa ka waha i ke kanaka, the mouth loves the taste of man [said of a shark].

4. Rare. var. of pawa, predawn. See ex., alaula.

v. See PA and OA, destitute. To be empty; to be destitute; to return without obtaining the object sought; to return destitute, as one who catches nothing at fishing; ua paoa ka makou huakai, our company did not obtain what they went for.

Paoa wale hoi au—e—

Aole moewaa o ka po—e.

s. Destitution; having obtained nothing after making an effort.

2. Name of a small kind of fish.

adj. Destitute from not having obtained, not from having lost; ua hoikaika, ua imi, a paoa no.

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s. An unpleasant odor; a bad smell.

adj. Unpleasant to the smell; bad smelling.

1. adj., Destitute from not having obtained, not from having lost; ua hoikaika, ua imi, a paoa no; unlucky.

2. adj., Having an odor, good or bad.

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Paoa (pă'-ŏ'-a), n.

/ pă'-ŏ'-a / Parker Haw to Eng,

A smell; an odor of any description.

Paoa (pā'-ō'-a), n.

/ pā'-ō'-a / Parker Haw to Eng,

1. Destitution; having obtained nothing after an effort.

Paoa (pā'-ō'-a), v.

/ pā'-ō'-a / Parker Haw to Eng,

[Pa and oa, destitute.]

1. To be empty; to be destitute; to return without obtaining the object sought; to return destitute, as one who catches nothing at fishing: ua paoa ka makou huakai, our company did not obtain what they went for.

Paoa wale hoi au—e—
Aole moewaa oka po—e.

2. To fail of accomplishing; to fall short of attaining.

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