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poi Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n.

1. Poi, the Hawaiian staff of life, made from cooked taro corms, or rarely breadfruit, pounded and thinned with water. Cf. kalo. Poi ʻili, portion of a taro between the center (hē) and the peel. Poi ʻawaʻawa, sour poi [an unpleasant disposition]. (PPN poʻoi, PCP po(po)i.)

2. Also boi Boy. Eng.

poʻi Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

1. nvt. Cover, lid; to cover (preceded by ke.) Also ʻūpoʻi. Hana Hilo i ke poʻi a ka ua, Hilo works under cover of the rain [much rain at Hilo]. hoʻo.poʻi To cover. (PCP poki.)

2. nvi. Top or crest of a breaking wave; to break, of waves. Inā e lawe ʻia au a ke poʻi ʻana a ke kai, make au (FS 15), if I am carried off by the breaking sea, I die.

3. n. Container, basin, as for liquids.

4. vt. To catch between cupped hands, as a small bird or butterfly; to pounce, as a cat on a mouse; to snatch. He ʻio poʻi moa, chicken-catching hawk [a thief]. (PPN po.)

5. vt. To mound up, hill up.

poi Pukui-Elbert Eng to Haw,

Poi, ʻai; kāpiki (inferior).

See pounder and saying, welcome.

  • Thin poi, ʻai kakale.
  • Lumpy poi, ʻai puʻupuʻu (fig., unsociable); ʻai hakuhaku (due to mixing).
  • Fresh poi, ʻai hou; ʻakaʻakai (bulrush, so-called because fresh poi was not liked); miki pololei, pololei, polokē.
  • Poi beginning to ferment, pohā ka ʻai.
  • Sour poi, poi ʻawaʻawa (fig., unpleasant disposition), kahania.
  • Breadfruit poi, poi ʻulu.
  • Sweet-potato poi, paʻi ʻuala, paʻi ʻuwala, poi ʻuala, poi ʻuwala, ʻuala hoʻomalamala.
  • Flour poi, poi palaoa.
  • Pumpkin poi, poi palaʻai.
  • Poi cocktail, ʻai kakale.
  • Poi concoction, kūpele.
  • Stages of poi pounding: pākuʻikuʻi, pākī, pākīʻai, pili, hui ka ʻai, hoʻopohā; poho, pele, kūpele; hoʻowali, moku.
  • Poi-pounding board, papa kuʻi ʻai.
  • Poi mixer, lāʻau hoʻowali ʻai.
  • Unmixed poi, small package, pūkeleʻai.
  • Hard, pounded, undiluted poi, paʻi ʻai.
  • Ti-leaf bundle of hard poi, holo ʻai.
  • Watery residue on poi-pounding board, pīkale, kale ʻai.
  • Film of poi adhering to walls of the container, palaʻai.
  • To scrape poi from the sides of the bowl with the fingers, kahi.
  • Single dip of poi, kīʻoʻe poi.
  • To dip poi with fingers, miki; miki pākahi, miki pāpākahi (one finger); miki pāpālua (two fingers).
  • To pound poi, kuʻi ʻai, kuʻi poi; luaʻa.

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poi Māmaka Kaiao Eng to Haw,

Residue of poi after pounding. Kale ʻai.

To take up poi with the fingers. Miki.

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PO-I Andrews Haw to Eng,

v. To make clear or explicit.

2. To excite; to stir up; to hurry.

3. To cover; to shut, as a door or book; to cover over; to protect.

4. To cover, as a pot or calabash.

5. To curve and break over at the top, as a high surf. See POPOI. To cover or overwhelm, as the sea. Hal. 78:53. Poi mai ka nalu; poi mai ka ale.

6. To catch flies with the hand; to catch as an owl does mice or small birds; e poi no laua (ka pueo ame ke kaio) i ka iole.

7. Hoo. To examine by torture or by threatening.

poi Andrews Haw to Eng,

s. The paste or pudding which was formerly the chief food of Hawaiians, and is so to a great extent yet. It is made of kalo, sweet potatoes or breadfruit, but mostly of kalo, by baking the above articles in ovens under ground, and afterwards peeling and pounding them with more or less water (but not much); it is then left in a mass to ferment; after fermentation, it is again worked over with more water until it has the consistency of thick paste. It is eaten cold with the fingers.

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PO-I Andrews Haw to Eng,

s. A cover of any vessel or container; especially, the cover or upper gourd of a calabash; hence,

2. Perhaps the name of the food kept under or protected by it.

3. The cover of a pot or other vessel. Puk. 25:29.

4. The top of a curling surf where it breaks; he wahi e haki iho ai ka nalu.

5. A head of cabbage, a foreign vegetable.

Poi (po'i), n. Parker Haw to Eng,

1. A cover of any vessel or container; especially the cover or upper gourd of a calabash; hence,

2. The cover of a pot or other vessel. Puk. 25:29.

3. The top of a curling surf where it breaks: he wahi e haki iho ai ka nalu.

Poi (pō'-i), n. Parker Haw to Eng,

A paste or pudding which was formerly the chief food of Hawaiians, and to a great extent still is. (Poi is made of taro, sweet potatoes or breadfruit, but mostly of taro, by baking the vegetables in ovens, and afterward peeling and pounding them with a little water; it is then left in a mass to ferment; after fermentation, it is again worked over with more water until it has the consistency of thick paste. It is eaten cold with the fingers. It is now made mostly by machinery.)

Poi (pō'-i), v. Parker Haw to Eng,

To stir up; to incite.

Poi (po'i), v. Parker Haw to Eng,

1. To cover; to shut, as in closing any container with a lid; to bring two parts together to protect or hold what is between.

2. To curve and break over as a high surf.

3. To fall suddenly upon and seize, as a bird of prey: Ke poi nei ka nalu, the surf is breaking. E poi ka umeke, cover the calabash.

poi Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

, Hawaiian staff of life—cooked taro pounded and mixed with water

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