Kāwelu

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

kāwelu, an endemic Hawaiian grass.

Proper noun[edit]

Kāwelu

  1. (Hawaiian mythology) A woman who committed suicide and was brought back from the underworld by her husband.
  2. A female given name, once also given to men.

References[edit]

  • Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1971, page 394
  • Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Kawelu (in the old orthography) occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 18 women and 6 men.