1. n., Hole (perforation; cf. lua, pit); door, entrance, gate, slit, vent, opening, issue.
- Cf. pukaihu, puka kui, lei pūpū puka.
- PCP puta.
2. vi., To pass through, appear, emerge, come out, get out of, issue, come into sight; to rise, as the sun.
- Kua puka, a sore on the back, as a saddle sore on a horse's back.
- Puka mau, to appear frequently, as a newspaper.
- Puka lā, daily issue.
- Puka mahina, monthly issue.
- Puka makahiki, annual issue.
- Puka wā, to appear irregularly, as a paper.
- Puka ka niho, to teethe.
- Puka kinikini, puka kinikini, ʻaʻohe ona puka e puka aku a (riddle), many many holes, many many holes, no hole to go out through [answer: a fish net].
- Puka mai ka lā, the sun rises.
- Puka ka niho o ke keiki, the child gets his teeth.
- PCP puta.
3. vi., To graduate.
- Puka maila kāna ʻolelo, he spoke (literally, his word came out).
5. nvi., To gain, win, profit; to draw interest; winnings, gain, profit.
- Puka o ke kālā, interest.
- Puka nui, large profit or gain.
- Puka a me ka pohō, profit and loss.
- Cf. waiwai hoʻopuka.
- Cf. kīpuka.
7. idiom, Almost.
- Nā anana ʻeono ā puka hiku, six and a fraction fathoms.
- Kaʻu kaupaono, ua puka haneli, my weight is almost one hundred.
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