|[Hawaiian Dictionary(Hwn to Eng)] |
1. n. Legendary race of small people who worked at night, building fish ponds, roads, temples; if the work was not finished in one night, it remained unfinished; also Melehune. See ʻeʻepa. Luomala 1951 convincingly refutes the theory that Hawaiʻi was settled by Menehune before the arrival of the first Hawaiians. Cf. hune 2. (PCP M(a,e)n(a,e)(f,s)une.)
2. (Not cap.) vt. To gather together to work and complete a task, as a band of Menehune. E menehune mai kākou i ka hana, let's get together and get the work done like Menehune.
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