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ke (the) + awe (strand, twisted string), symbolic of lineage; shortened from epithets and compound given names beginning with Keawe-.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Hawaiian mythology) Any of a number of ancient chiefs of the island of Hawaii .
  2. A male given name, formerly also given to women.
  3. A surname​.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The most common name of Hawaiian men in 19th century marriage records


  • Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1971, page 389
  • Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Keawe is the only name of 59 women and 207 men in 19th century marriage records.