'ai: eat, capture
'ai honua: land eater
'akau: right

'ele'ele: black

hema: left
holo: travel

'ili'ili: small stones

kaholo: multiple jumps
kaka'i: edge rows
kea: white
konane: 1) Bright moonlight, to shine, as the moon; clear, bright.  2) Ancient Hawaiian game resembling
checkers, played with pebbles placed in even lines on a stone or wood board call papa konane; to play konane.
3) tapa-beater design.
konene: move by jumping
kou manawa: your move
ku'i: strike back/to jump over the piece just moved, along the same row of file but in the opposite direction.
kumu pili: wager (wagers agreed upon by two players could be as small as a kiss, or as valuable as one's family land or even their life, it could settle a political dispute or get time alone with someone you desired)
lua: pits, depressions for the stones (marbles) .

papakonane/papamu: playing board (stone or wood)
papa: flat
piko: navel, center of board, (frequently marked with inset human molar or chicken/human bone).

make: dead/to lose
mu: name of the official who captured men for sacrifice or for judicial punishment. BUCK (1957) thinks it is more likely that this mu and papamu come from the English word "move" which Europeans frequently said as they played board games.

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Konane: The Ancient Hawaiian Game for Modern Times

"O ka lani kelo, o ka lani keia"

That one a chief, this one a chief.

Said of two persons well matched for a contests.
Papamu at Kaloko/Honokohau National Historical Park
Ancient Papamu
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