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[Hawaiian Dictionary(Hwn to Eng)]
kauna.ʻoa

n.

1. A native dodder (Cuscuta sandwichiana), belonging to the morning-glory family, a leafless, parasitic vine, growing densely on other plants. The numerous, slender, orange stems are used for orange leis to represent the island of Lā-naʻi, as designated by the Territorial legislature in 1923. Hihi kaunaʻoa, hihi Mānā, aloha wale ia lāʻau kumu ʻole (saying), tangled parasite vine, tangled Mānā, pity for this vine without a trunk [of parasites or helpless folk]. (Neal 710–1.)

2. A mollusk (Vermetidae). Also kaunoʻa. In adult stage it becomes solidly fixed to rocks; cuts resulting from stepping on it are considered deadly poisonous by Hawaiians. The mollusk was believed somehow related to the dodder. Also kio, unaʻoa.

3. A coarse, tough seaweed (Galaxaura rugosa), calcified and inedible, resembling kaunaʻoa 1 in being yellow to gold in color.

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