1. n. The parrot fishes, of which Scarus perspicillatus is among the most abundant and largest; uhu are plant eaters, the teeth are strong and beaklike, well fitted for clipping off food from coral. The name may be qualified by the terms aʻa, ʻāhiuhiu, ʻahu ʻula or ʻula, ʻeleʻele, halahala, kuwalakai or pālukaluka, lā uli, pānoa, piko ʻula, and uliuli. Name of growth stages are ʻōhua (very young), pānuhu or pōnuhunuhu (medium), and uhu (mature). Variant names are male and ʻōmale for a young stage. The colors of this fish are so pretty that it is sometimes compared to a sweetheart: Momomi wale kuʻu ʻono i ka uhu māʻalo i kuʻu maka, my craving makes my mouth water for the parrotfish passing before my eyes. Uhu-mākaʻikaʻi (FS 45), name of a fish killed in the Kawelo legend, said to be a designation for all uhu; lit., traveling uhu, perhaps so called because they follow one another in line. ʻAʻohe e loaʻa, he uhu pakelo, not to be caught, a slippery parrot fish [a wily person]. (PPN ʻufu.)
2. n. A variety of sugar cane.
3. vi. To bolt, break away, as a horse; to pull, strain, chafe under restraint; willful, headstrong. Uhu ka manaʻo e hele, straining, frantic to go. Also lōuhu.