from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Hawaii, a name for several vines belonging to the genus Ipomœa.
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But in spite of the wife's earnest protests, the hard-hearted father-in-law gathered strong vines of the _koali_ (convolvulus), tied them about Kaopele's feet, and attaching to them heavy stones, caused his body to be conveyed in a canoe and sunk in the dark waters of the ocean midway between Kauai and Oahu.
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_koali_ vine, smears himself with rancid _kukui_ oil to cover the smell of a live person, and lowers himself on another vine.