Definitions

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  • interj. Command/suggestion to halt, bring to a stop.
  • interj. Warning against general danger.
  • interj. Expression for acknowledgment of a minor mistake.
  • interj. Expression of good cheer, sometimes used during dancing, expressing fun and excitement.

Etymologies

Transliteration of Greek ώπα (ópa) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He mea maopopo, ua ho'opa'i 'ia ko kākou mau kūpuna no ka ho'opuka' ana i ka 'ōlelo Hawai'i ma loko o ke kula, a ua nuku' ia nā mākua no ka ho'oponopono 'ole' ana i kēia "pilikia".

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  • Eia na'e ka mea 'āpiki, ua pili wale nō ia' ano ho'opa'i mālie i ka po'e waiwai a maka hanohano paha.

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  • A 'o ka hana' āpuka, he hana pepa wale nō, a no laila, he mea 'ole ka ho'opa'i.

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  • Ke ho'opa'a 'ia i ka hale pa'ahao' o ia nō 'oe' o ka noho luakaha 'ana ma ka hōkele.

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  • 'O ku'u hiapo kekahi o ka nānā pū' ana me a'u, a i lohe aku ka hana ona i ke kūkala hou 'ia mai o ua mo'olelo nei, nīele maila' o ia ala no ke 'ano o ka ho'opa'i e pono ai.

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  • Ua 'ōlelo' ia ē 'o ka maka'u wale o ka po'e waiwai o pō'ino auane'i i ka limanui' ia e ka po'e pōwā 'ilihune, lilo ia kalaima he mea ho'opa'i' o'ole'a 'ia.

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  • After a Greek wedding, I find myself saying "opa" at various occasions throughout my day.

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  • "If you don't say 'opa' when you flame it, it doesn't taste the same," Pagos said.

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  • 'oiai, he mikamina ia a' o ka ho'opa'i ki'eki'e loa, he noho pa'ahao no ho'okahi makahiki, me ka uku i ka $2,000.

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  • 'ia mai o ua mo'olelo nei, nīele maila' o ia ala no ke 'ano o ka ho'opa'i e pono ai.

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