Thursday, October 29, 2009
2. a variety of banana.
3. A variety of taro.
4. A snapper, probably onaga.
5. A variety of sweet potato.
You will find other birds which may have a counterpart, either in the ocean or on land. Koaʻe is just one fine example. I saw many koaʻe flying in Borabora when I went there a few years ago. They are a beautiful, sleek bird. There are koaʻe kea (white koa'e) and koaʻe ʻula (red-tailed). I am particularly fond of the koaʻe because the Hāmākua coast of Hawai'i island is known poetically as ka pali lele koaʻe, or the cliff where tropic birds fly.
He koaʻe, manu o ka pali kahakō - It is the koaʻe, bird of the sheer cliffs (An expression of admiration for an outstanding person. The koa'e build their nests on cliffs.)
'Ōlelo ke kupa o ka 'āina ua mālie; ua au koaʻe - The natives of the land declare that the weather is calm when the tropic bird travels afar.
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