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maoli (plural maolis or maoli)

  1. Alternative form of Maoli (native Hawaiian)
    • 1896, All about Hawaii: The Recognized Book of Authentic Information on Hawaii:
      I believe that the maoli wahines, with their passion for personal adornment, would not have forgotten the flower seeds, and it was their forethought that enabled them in their adopted home to have the leis of ilima and kou they had been accustomed to wear in Samoa and Tahiti.
    • 1986, Eric Edward Chock, ‎Rodney Morales, ‎& Darrell H. Y. Lum, The Best of Bamboo Ridge, the Hawaii Writers' Quarterly, →ISBN, page 51:
      Genocide. Flooding the valleys and stripping the limu clean from the rocks Sweeping away the 'opae from the streams the ulu from the land and the maoli from the earth.
    • 2000, Cynthia G. Franklin, ‎Ruth Hsu, & ‎Suzanne Kosanke, Navigating Islands and Continents, →ISBN:
      This is an important cultural difference of interpretation between London as a haole writer and Sheldon as a maoli writer.
    • 2008, Wennifer Lin, Birth Art and the Art of Birthing, →ISBN:
      As a woman hoping to “make sense” and potentially revision this most sticky issue from the awareness of a woman, though not necessarily a maoli (native), I would hope that the points that I am bringing up in passing will ...
  2. A species of very tall, dark green-stemmed banana native to Polynesia, having large bunches of long, round fruits with dark-colored flesh.
    • 1971, Catherine C. Summers, Molokai: A Site Survey, page 201:
      Kaneiakama's spirit companion instructed him what to do, how to place the sacrificial pig, coconuts, red fish, bananas of the maoli variety and other offerings at the foot of a tree that was entered by one of the male gods.
    • 1976, Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau, The works of the people of old, page 38:
      [He could choose] light-colored varieties of bananas such as the ha'a, iholena, loha, and lele; or dark-colored varieties such as the maoli, kahtki, puhi, koa'e, malei'ula, 'eke'ula, kaualau, popo'ulu, aulena, and others.
    • 2003, D. M. Kaaiakamanu & ‎J. K. Akina, Hawaiian Herbs of Medicinal Value, →ISBN, page 67:
      This banana resembles the "maoli" in general appearance. Its fruit is shorter and quite large in size.




From Proto-Polynesian *ma(a)qoli (true, genuine, real). Compare Maori māori.[1]




  1. (stative) native, indigenous
  2. (stative) real, genuine



  1. ^ “Entries for MAQOLI [PN] True, real, genuine: *ma(a)qoli”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], (Please provide a date or year)