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Food

Mai`a: Banana
Mai`a
Banana

`A`ohe hua o ka mai`a i ka la ho`okahi.
(Bananas do not fruit in a single day.)

 

Taro:  Kalo
Taro

Kalo

I maika`i ke kalo i ka `oha.
(The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces.)

`Uala: Sweet potato
`Uala

Sweet potato

He `uala ka `ai ho`ola koke i ka wi.
(The sweet potato is the food that ends famine quickly.)

Uhi: Edible yam
Uhi

Edible yam

Ni`ihau i ka uhi pahe`e.
(Ni`ihau of the slippery yam.)

Ulu: Breadfruit
`Ulu

Breadfruit

Lalau aku `oe i ka `ulu i ka wekiu, i ke alo no ka `ulu, a hala.
(You reach for the breadfruit away at the top and miss the one in front of you.)


Note: Proverbs from Pukui, Mary Kawena, `Olelo No`eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1983.

 

 

 

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