1. n. Head, summit, head or director of an organization, executive, principal; end, as of a rope, leaf, pole, cane, kōnane board; head of a penis or boil; headline, heading, title; father (see poʻo lua, poʻo ʻole); hair in such expressions as poʻo hina, poʻo kea (preceded by ke). See saying, pau #1. Poʻo maiʻa, upper part of a banana stalk. Ke poʻo o nā moku, the head of the islands [Hawaiʻi]. Nā poʻo ʻoihana, executive departments. ʻAʻohe mea nāna e paʻi i ke poʻo, no one can slap his head [he has no superior, especially in knowledge]. Moe poʻo ā hiʻu, to lie from head to tail [in trouble]. hoʻo.poʻo To appoint a head or leader; to go ahead; to be brave. Lele hoʻopoʻo aʻela ka ua (For. 6:240), the rain falls headlong. (PEP ʻupoko.)
3. nvt. Depression, cavity; to dip, scoop, hollow out, dub, erode, dig; to splash, as water by scooping the base of the palm; to make a squeaky sound by placing one hand against the armpit of the opposite arm, and pressing that arm against the hand; to make a noise by snapping the lips with the fingers. Cf. kapoʻo, napoʻo. hoʻo.poʻo To dig, dub out. (PPN poko.)
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