Glyph of the word 'fewa'.


  • (n.) the non-white part of the eye (pupil and iris)

Au ele fewa o lea takeke leveya.
“His eyes are blue like the sea.”

Notes: In Kamakawi, you refer to the fewa’s color specifically, not just the eye (which is mata).

Today’s iku is, of course, the iku for i. As it looks like an eye from the side, the “identity” determinative is put beneath it for the word fewa.

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2 Responses to “Fewa”

  1. Ka kavaka Aaron ti:

    All pupils are black, no? His iris might be blue.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Son of a gun! Did I get the term wrong again?! All I always remember is that Fitzgerald uses the wrong term in The Great Gatsby, and he uses the word “iris”. I must’ve mixed myself.

    Well, in that case, I’m making a decision: the Kamakawi will not distinguish between the iris and the pupil. Fewa means the non-white part of the eye.

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