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.

    Hawaiian Folk Tales A Collection of Native Legends 1887

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    Sharpen Your MS Paint Skills | Lifehacker Australia 2009

  • _koali_ vine, smears himself with rancid _kukui_ oil to cover the smell of a live person, and lowers himself on another vine.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai Martha Warren Beckwith 1915


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