1. vt. To beat, strike, pound, kill. Pepehi ā make, to beat to death, kill. Pepehi i ka manaʻolana, to dash hopes. Pepehi i nā mū, pepehi mea ʻino, disinfect. Mea pepehi kanaka, weapon. Pepehi ā ʻokiʻoki holoholona, to butcher animals. hoʻo.pepehi To cause to beat, strike, kill; to pretend to beat. (PNP pepesi.)
2. n. Surface of a tapa beater formed by deep grooves with the wide ridges (up to 14) rounded off in the form of an inverted U; sometimes the beater itself was so called. Cf. hoahoa, hohoa.