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vs. Ugly, unsightly, unseemly, unattractive, homely, wicked (frequently pūpuka for emphasis; if said with a friendly or admiring intonation among friends, it meant the opposite, i.e., beautiful, attractive; this was due to reluctance to express admiration for fear a sorcerer would in jealousy bewitch the admired person; it is also said in answer to the question pehea ʻoe, how are you, with meaning that one is improving but hesitates to say he is well for fear of bad luck).

  • Examples:
    • ʻO ka mea e hāʻiliʻili aku i kona hoahānau, e, pupuka! e lilo ia i mea no ka ʻaha hoʻokolokolo (Mat. 5.22), the one who reviles his cousin, you fool! shall be liable to judgment.
    • He kanaka uʻi, akā he pupuka nā hana, a handsome person, but wicked in deeds.
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Papa helu loliWehewehe Wikiwiki update log

s., An epithet of reproach, signifying good for nothing.

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Papa helu loliWehewehe Wikiwiki update log

adj., See puka and pukapuka, full of holes. LIT. Vain; without substance. Mat. 5:22. Anything full of holes; hence, worthless; having an unsightly appearance; of no value.

Papa helu loliWehewehe Wikiwiki update log

adj., Literally, Full of holes; hence, vain; without substance; worthless; having an unsightly appearance; of no value.

Papa helu loliWehewehe Wikiwiki update log

n., An epithet of reproach, signifying good for nothing.

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