Definitions

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  • adj. adopted in the traditional Hawaiian way, made a complete part of the family.

Etymologies

From Hawaiian hānai. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They’d taught me the Hawaiian word hanai, which means “to take in,” a sentiment my parents and I have always embraced.

    Misty

  • Waka ia Kapukaihaoa, "Pehea la auanei e nalo ai na hanai a kaua ia

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  • When she drifted into prostitution, Buddy took a greater interest in the little girl, Sweetie, and for a time she became his _hanai_ daughter under the loose adoption system of the islands.

    Beard

  • Her own father had been abusive to her, and she had been rescued by her mother and raised in the _hanai_ system by a foster family, a friendly couple.

    Beard

  • Having no biological children, all my students became my hanai adopted children.

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  • Akahi no a haawiia i ka lahui Hawaii, ka buke e pili ana i ka hoonanea'ku i ka noho ana, e like me ka na haole, he mea ia nana e hanai mai i ko kakou mau manao i ka ike a me ka naauao.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Ia lakou e hele ana, hanau ae la ua keiki nei he kaikamahine, a lilo ae la ia Waka ka hanai, a kapa iho la i ka inoa o Laieikawai.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • I aku o Laielohelohe i kona kahu nana i hanai, "Ina o kou kumu ia o ka haawi ana i kuu kino e hoohaumia me Kaonohiokala, alaila, ua hewa loa oe; no ka mea, ua ike oe, aole no Kekalukaluokewa i hoonoho na mea maluna o na aina; aka, na Kaonohiokala no, a nolaila, apopo e kau wau maluna o na waa a holo aku e imi i kuu kane."

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Ia Waka me Kapukaihaoa ma ke kaa wale me na hanai a laua, olelo aku la o

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Nolaila, i hele mai nei au e noi aku ia oe, e haawi mai oe i waa no'u, a me na kanaka pu mai, e kii wau i ka hanai a

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

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