from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Hawaiian shrub or small tree, Chenopodium Sandwicheum, found on all of the islands, and sometimes eaten by the natives.
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Auwe ka make! alas, he is dead! p. 176. awa, the name of a plant of a bitter, acrid taste, from which an intoxicating drink is made; also the name of the liquor itself, expressed from the root of the plant. aweoweo, a species of reddish fish.
In due time these three pebbles gathered others together and made a regular ridge; and when this was accomplished, the aweoweo gathered from the far ocean to this ridge of pebbles for rest; whereupon the people came with net, hook, and line, and caught them as they desired.
This ko'a for aweoweo is still there, but difficult to locate, from the fact that all the old residents are gone -- either dead or moved away.
The fish that frequented the waters of Mokuleia were the aweoweo, kala, manini, and many other varieties that find their habitat inside the coral reefs.