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From pau (end) + ahi (fire). Made famous by the last heir of Kamehameha, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, named after an aunt who had been saved from a fire as a child.


  • IPA(key): /pawˈa.hi/, [pɐwˈwɐhi]
  • (rapid speech) IPA(key): [pɔwˈwɐhi]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name, sometimes also given to men.
  2. A name ascribed to a star.


  • Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1986, page 320
  • Mary Hannah Krout: The Memoirs of Hon. Bernice Pauahi Bishop, 1908, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, ISBN 0559833040, pages 19-20
  • Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Pauahi occurs in 19th-century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 7 women and 13 men.