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puhi Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. vt., To burn, set on fire, bake (preceded by ke).

  • Examples:
    • E puhi ana kēia kūlanakauhale o kākou i ke puhi ʻana i ke ahi, this town of ours will be burned completely in the fire.
    • Puhi manaʻo ʻino, arson, to burn maliciously.
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2. nvi., To blow, puff; blowhole; spouting, as by a whale; to smoke, as tobacco.

  • Examples:
    • Noho i ke puhi, to stay in the blowhole [jail].
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3. vt., To extract, as water from steam; to distill, brew.

4. n., Eel (see below).

  • Examples:
    • Puhi niho wakawaka, sharp-toothed eel (fierce warriors).
    • ʻOni ā puhi ka manaʻo i ka pilikia, the thoughts squirm like an eel because of the trouble.
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  • Notes:
    • A hitherto undescribed eel was identified in 1978 as Gymnothorax ruepelliae.
    • Some persons considered puhi as ʻaumākua.

5. Same as maiʻa puhi, a banana.

6. n., Sticks supporting a pākuʻikuʻi net, called the puhi nui and the puhi ʻuʻuku (or puhi iki). Nets forming the ʻupena papa had the same names.

7. n., Uncircumcised foreskin.

8. See kua puhi, puhi kaokao.

Tags: fauna marine foods maiʻa anatomy

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puhi Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

hamani To fire, as clay or ceramics. Dic., ext. mng. See maka puhi.

puhi Parker, Haw to Eng / pū'-hi /,

1. n., A puffing; a blowing; puhi baka, tobacco smoking.

2. n., An eel.

3. n., A current of air driven through a narrow aperture; a blow-hole.

4. n., The spouting of a whale.

Tags: fauna marine

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Puhi Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Village and stream, Līhuʻe district, Kauaʻi. A shark god, Ka-holi-a-Kāne (the sprouting [made] by Kāne) lived in a cave here. Lit., blow.

Puhi Hawaiʻi Place Names,

Bay, Keaukaha, Hawaiʻi. Keaukaha Beach Park is on the shore of the bay. The bay was named for a blowhole on the western side of the bay that fronted the sewage treatment plant. Construction of the outfall destroyed the blowhole. Lit., blowhole.

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