nā (“the”), plural + pua (“flowers”). Often a short form of compound given names beginning thus.
- IPA(key): /naːˈpu.a/, [naːˈpuwə]
- A female given name, sometimes also given to men.
- Mary Kawena Pukui - Samuel H. Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary, University of Hawaii Press 1986
- Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records Napua (in the old orthography) occurs in 19th century marriage records as the only name (mononym) of 16 women and 13 men.