kapa kulture

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Hawaiian Word of the Day: kilohana

kilohana: name of the outside, decorated sheet of tapa in the ku’inakapa, bed coverings; the four inner layers were white, contrasting with the decorated kilohana. Hence extended meanings: best, superior, excellent. He ali’i ke aloha, he kilohana e pa’a ai (saying), love is like a chief, the best prize to hold fast to. 2. Hillock, heap, lookout, top, view out, high point (kilo + -hana, nominalizer). (Probably Proto-Polynesian tirofanga; Tongan siofi, siofia and Samoan tilofia.) (Pukui & Elbert, 1971).

This kilohana of kapa moe is at the San Diego Museum of Art

This kilohana of kapa moe is at the San Diego Museum of Art

This kilohana is displayed at Queen Emma's Summer Palace, Honolulu

This kilohana is displayed at Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Honolulu

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