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wāwahi Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng / wā.wahi /,

Reduplication of wāhi; to tear down, shatter, wreck, dash to pieces, break into, demolish; to break, as a law or a twenty-dollar bill; to cause disorder.

  • Examples:
    • Mīkini wāwahi pōhaku, rock crusher.
    • Wāwahi i ka hua, to break the egg.
    • Wāhi puʻupaʻa, to ravish a virgin.
    • Wāwahi pā hula, to disturb a hula show by presenting a rival show.
    • Wāwahi i ka manawa, to keep open an infant's fontanel by applying crushed pōpolo berries; it was believed that an infant might be fed through the fontanel.
  • References:

Tags: law economics

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wāwahi Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

hamani, To break, change, as a twenty-dollar bill.

  • Source:
    • Existing dictionary word

Tags: economics

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wāwahi Māmaka Kaiao, Haw to Eng,

hamani, To break apart, i.e. breaking a number into addends or factors, in math.

  • Source:
    • Existing dictionary word, Extended meaning

Tags: math

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