maoli (plural maolis or maoli)
- Alternative form of (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 0910043086, 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.
- 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.