See also: moi, MOI, möi, mọi, mới, mỗi, and mōʻī



From Hawaiian mōʻī.


mo'i (plural mo'i)

  1. (Hawaii) A king or high chief.
    • 1987, Helen Wong, Ann Rayson, Hawaii's Royal History, page 37:
      The two armies would draw up close to one another with each mō‘ī usually at the center.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press, page 49:
      The king turned to a long-serving Hawaiian adviser and asked him to name the new mō‘ī, but he declined, saying they were all his ali‘i.