1. nvt., Attack or beginning of a song; in music, the tonic or keynote; to begin a song; summary refrain, as of a song, usually at or near the beginning of a song; theme of a song.
- Ka puana a ka moe, revelation or message of a dream.
- Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana, tell the summary refrain [this line followed by the refrain is at the end of many songs or precedes the name of the person in whose honor the song was composed].
- Puana ʻia (Kel. 111), sung for the first time.
- E puana mai ʻoe i ka puana, start the summary refrain of the song.
- See ex., pō #1.
2. n., Pronunciation, utterance.
- E hoʻopuka pololei ana ka haumāna i ka puana pololei o ia mau hua pīʻāpā, the student was saying the pronunciation of the letters of the alphabet well.
3. vt., To surround, encompass, crowd.
- ʻO ka puana ʻana aku i kēlā ulu lehua, crowding about that lehua grove.
- Ā puana maila lākou iāia ā puni (2 Oihn 18.31), they completely surrounded him.
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