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No hea ke a‘o ‘ana i ka hula?

I ka ‘Ī

HA‘AWINA ‘ŌLELO HAWAI‘I: MM 2009


ʻī

1. nvi. To say, speak, suppose; saying. ʻĪ ihola ke Akua (Kin. 1.3), God said. He ʻī mai kāu e ō hele mai hoʻi nā keiki, you would think the children would come. (PPN kii.)

2. n. Supreme, great, best (frequently a part of names, as Kaʻī-i-mamao (KL. title), the supreme one at a distance; ʻĪ-lālā-ʻole, supreme without branches). ʻO kela nō ka ʻī, that is the best.

3. vs. Hard, close, stingy. Cf. ʻīʻī 1.

4. Interj. of scorn, used idiomatically. No hea ke aʻo ʻana i ka hula? I ka ʻī! Where [did they] learn the hula? Much [they] know about it! Stuff and nonsense!

5. n. The letter “i”.