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Ipu
Ipu
Bottle gourd

Ka ipu o ka ike.
(The gourd of
wisdom.)*

Ki - Ti
Ki
Ti

Huki ikaika i ke ki, e ku`u poki`i la ola.
(Pull hard at the ti root my brother, you will live.)*

Ko - Sugar cane with tassels
Ko

Sugar cane

Pua ke ko, ku ka he`e.
(When the sugar cane tassels, octopus season is here.)**

Kukui - Candlenut tree
Kukui

Candlenut tree

Pupuhi kukui — malino ke kai.
(Spewed kukui nuts — calm sea.)**

  Milo: Portia tree
Milo

Portia tree

He milo ka la`au, mimilo ke aloha.
(Milo is the plant; love goes round and round.)**


*From Judd, Henry P., Hawaiian Riddles and Proverbs, Bulletin 77, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, 1930.
**From Pukui, Mary Kawena, `Olelo No`eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1983.

 

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