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  • noun The Andean root vegetable Mirabilis expansa, important to the Incas.
  • adverb Hawaii inland, towards the mountains.


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From Hawaiian


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  • I kekahi la ae, haalele lakou ia Kapakai, holo aku la lakou a mawaho pono o Kauhola, nana aku la o Aiwohikupua i ka akoakoa lehulehu ana o na kanaka mauka o Kapaau.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Hosts of guests had known the comfort and joy of her mountain house on Tantalus, and of her volcano house, her mauka (mountainward) house, and her makai (seaward) house on the big island of Hawaii.


  • Wilton's poor mauka lands and added to them and built up about them the Kilohana Ranch —


  • As an element of worldbuilding, that detail is great, particularly the contrast of mauka/makai.

    kateelliott: Sense of Place

  • The standing joke for years here is that every weather forecast which used the phrase "windward and mauka showers" would be accurate 98% of the time, and that would usually be all you needed to know, too.

    In praise of Fox Newsthe local station, anywayand really just the weather guy

  • "We rode out from gay Mana and continued the gay progress — down the lava trails to Kiholo to the swimming and the fishing and the feasting and the sleeping in the warm sand under the palms; and up to Puuwaawaa, and more pig-sticking, and roping and driving, and wild mutton from the upper pasture-lands; and on through Kona, now mauka"


  • The skydiver, an off-duty Navy SEAL, was found in a pond mauka of


  • Two storied, arranged in quads like dorms at the northeastern university I'd flunked out of, the barracks were high ceilinged and open to the winds off the mauka side of the island.

    Pacific Light

  • The building is on the mauka side of King, 1/2 block 'ewa of Ke'eaumoku.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • His grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is buried at Punchbowl Cemetery, just mauka (toward mountains) of downtown Honolulu and the State Capitol.

    Kathy Harter: Obama 'Ohana: Democratic Nominee Gets Warm Welcome In Hawaii


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  • I first heard this visiting relatives in Hawaii.

    February 5, 2011

  • The opposite of makai.

    February 6, 2011