Definitions

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  • n. A percussion instrument made from hollowed gourds, often used to provide a beat for hula dancing.

Etymologies

Hawaiian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes, and careless that all should see his extended favour, I must dip into his pa paakai for my pinches of red salt, and limu, and kukui nut and chili pepper; and into his ipu kai "(fish sauce dish)" of kou wood that the great Kamehameha himself had eaten from on many a similar progress.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • Yes, and careless that all should see his extended favour, I must dip into his pa paakai for my pinches of red salt, and limu, and kukui nut and chili pepper; and into his ipu kai (fish sauce dish) of kou wood that the great Kamehameha himself had eaten from on many a similar progress.

    On the Makaloa Mat

  • So the "gourd of wisdom" -- _ka ipu o ka ike_ -- which Laieikawai consults, brings distant objects before the eyes so that the woman "knows by seeing" what is going on below.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • O na manu nui e ku ana ma na aoao o ua ipu la, mai maka'u oe, aole ia he manu maoli, he mau manu laau ia, ua ulanaia i ke i-e a hanaia i ka hulu.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • A i kou hiki ana i kahi o ua ipu la e ku ana, wehe ae oe i ke poi, alaila, hookomo iho oe i ko poo i ka waha o ua ipu la, alaila, kahea iho oe ma ka inoa o ua ipu la, 'E Laukapalili -- e, homai i he ike.'

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • He mea mau nae ia Laukieleula, ma ka po oia e ala ai e malama i ua ipu la o ka ike, a ma ke ao, he hiamoe.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • A hiki keia makahi o ka ipu, ka mea i kapaia, "KAIPUOKAIKE," wehe ae la keia i ke poi o ka ipu, a kupou iho la kona poo ma ka waha o ua ipu nei,

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Tiura, "said I," the stars are fixed, but there was the vahine with all but the tail of Faaraianuu in her ipu, walking toward this very spot.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • Finally she put him back in her ipu and returned to the house of Tahu-Tahu.

    Mystic Isles of the South Seas.

  • As Felipe, the last to drink, handed back the _ipu_ to the girl, his eyes lit up, and he spoke to our host, addressing him, native fashion, by his Christian name, and speaking in his own tongue.

    The Ebbing Of The Tide South Sea Stories - 1896

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