from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The native screw-pine of the Hawaiian Islands, Pandanus tectorius. Coarse mats are made of the leaves.


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  • After all, he finds, or declares that he finds, the hala fruit he had sought to gather and to wear as a _lei_ about his neck, to be spoiled, broken, fit only to litter the road (_loli ka mu'o o ka hala_, verse 8; _A helelei ka'pua, a pili ke alanui_, verse 9).

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii The Sacred Songs of the Hula

  • O hala hala_! hands off, fair Hulda, "the Captain cried, joyfully, as Hulda had been moved to relieve the poor old woman;" no one shall assist at these ceremonies of expiation but Van Dorn himself, whose rights in Mistress Cannon are of priority.

    The Entailed Hat Or, Patty Cannon's Times

  • She clapped her thin hands, and a black slave girl appeared, one of those called halaïk, or "creatures."

    Paul Patoff

  • The ancient crone was making a dearest-loved lei (wreath) of the fruit of the hala which is the screw-pine or pandanus of the South Pacific.


  • It is true the hala smelled most freshly strong, yet was the act beautiful to me, and the old woman herself beautiful to me.


  • With welcome relief on his face, he removed the lei hala from his neck, and, with a sniff and a sigh, tossed it into concealment in the thick lantana by the side of the road.


  • He sniffed disgustedly of the odour of the hala lei that stifled him.


  • Akuli, with another apprehensive glance at the old wahine and her half-made hala lei, returned to his tale of the bones of his ancestors.


  • Prince betray his repugnance for the odour of the hala.


  • And this is because you are of my race and service, and because you have honoured me this day with your mats to sit upon and your thrice-blessed and thrice-delicious lei hala.



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