from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hawaii, the paper-mulberry, Papyrius papyrifera, the inner bark of which was used for making the paper cloth or kapa of the natives. It was formerly much cultivated. Called also waoke. See Broussonetia, kapa, 1, and tapa.


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  • He goes to Kaupo and changes into the _wauke_ plant.

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  • _Kapa_, a kind of large sheet in which the chiefs dressed themselves, was made of the soaked and beaten bark of several shrubs, such as the wauke, olona, hau, oloa.

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  • Aloha shirt designs carry influences from paeru wraparound garments worn in Tahiti, colorful Japanese fabrics, and patterns on kapa cloth, a traditional Hawaiian material made from the bark of wauke or mulberry trees.

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  • Feathers of the _Oo_ (_Drepanis pacifica_), and of the _Iiwi_ (_Drepanis coccinea_): these birds were taken with the glue of the _ulu_ or bread-fruit (_Artocarpus incisa_); Fabrics of beaten bark (_kapa_) and fibre of the _olona_ (_Boehmeria_), of _wauke_ (_Broussonetia papyrifera_), of _hau_ (_Hilasens tiliasens_), etc.

    Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands


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