Definitions

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

Etymologies

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From Hawaiian hānai.

Examples

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

    Misty

  • 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

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

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

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

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

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

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

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

  • 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

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