The name ʻāweoweo refers to a variety of species, two of which we present here. The first is Chenopodium oahuense, a beautiful plant with soft leaves shaped like goose feet, stems and a trunk that sometimes turn bright red, and long panicles of tiny flowers that become small brown seeds called mokiweo. The ʻōlelo we chose comes from the story of the famed rat shooter, Pīkoiakaʻalalā. It is part of a chant he performs that talks about rats being at the fruits, leaves, and trunk of the ʻāweoweo that is reddened by the sun - ʻĀweoweo ʻula i ka lā. The leaves were eaten (wrapped in lāʻī and cooked) and used medicinally for minor wounds. This species is found in dryland habitats from sea to sub-alpine and varies in size from a shrub to a small tree. The wood from well-developed trees was used to make shark-catching hooks. This plant occurs naturally throughout the northwest and main Hawaiian islands. On Kahoʻolawe it is planted along with other species as part of ongoing restoration efforts on the island. The second species shown here is the handsome red fish know by the Latin name Priacanthus meeki. Also known as Hawaiian bigeye, this tasty little buggah does have big eyes, but also has few bones and lots of meat, making it a favorite among many. The young of this fish are called ʻalalauā and when seen in great quantities meant an aliʻi (chief, chiefess, or royal) would soon pass away (see ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 1382 - Ka iʻa ʻula weli i ke kai). These fish are found throughout the Hawaiian chain.
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