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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hawaii, a general name for plants of the genus Sida, applied especially to S. fallax, S. cordifolia, and S. Meyeniana, which grow spontaneously on the island and are also cultivated by the natives, who string their yellow flowers into wreaths and garlands for adorning themselves.


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  • Apart from showing your support in our activities, I want to call upon all of you to take up your overalls and boots and embark on any kind of ilima or vuk'uzenzele activity that will benefit yourselves and your communities.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • On his head he wore my ilima lei, which I had made for him and placed there.


  • Gladness had died at Hilo when Lilolilo dropped my ilima lei into the sea and my feet were never happy again.


  • Still looking me squarely and honestly in the eyes, he took my beautiful ilima lei from his head and tore it across.


  • ” Scattered across these snowdrifts were summery eruptions of color: Japanese and Hawaiian women selling leis of red ginger, yellow orchids, green maile, pink plumeria, and golden 'ilima blossoms.

    Excerpt: Honolulu by Alan Brennert

  • Gladness had died at Hilo when Lilolilo dropped my ilima lei into the sea.

    “It was the Golden Fleece ready for the shearing.”

  • So, even after Lionberg's suicide, we had still been buying his fragrant honey, which tasted of the North Shore, of eucalyptus and puakenikeni and ilima and gardenia, of red earth and big surf -- Lionberg's bees toiling long after he had hanged himself.


  • We call on you to reinforce your resolve to sustain your noble spirit of ilima, and to remind all of us of the need to entrench the spirit of vukuzenzele.

    Address to the Municipal Volunteers of the Ethekwini Municipality

  • You will recall that President Mbeki called on all South Africans to give of their time, energy and skills to the nation, in our drive to revive the indigenous spirit of ilima or letsema among them.

    Address to the Municipal Volunteers of the Ethekwini Municipality

  • To help attain this goal, the membership of the ANC will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of our movement, the ANC, by taking the lead in rendering voluntary service to the people, to recapture the community spirit of letsema, ilima.

    Address on the Occasion of Year 90 of the African National Congress


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