"Kaʻiulani loves ʻawa."

Translation:Puni ʻo Kaʻiulani i ka ʻawa.

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What does 'Awa mean?

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It is also the name of the plant which produces the drink. The version we use in English "Kava" comes from Tongan which is a closely related language that often uses k where Hawaiian uses ' and writes v where Hawaiian writes w. So Tongan kava is the exact same word as Hawaiian 'awa. It is a little confusing that the English sentence uses the Hawaiian spelling even though many English speakers use the Tongan word, but I imagine that in Hawai'i the Hawaiian word is often used even in English. In a search engine, you are more likely to find helpful results with the spelling "kava".

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Kava-a slightly narcotic drink once used in formal ceremonies but now consumed more casually.

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