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 (kä′po͞o′) Hawaii
n. pl. ka·pus
A ban or restriction, especially one associated with the traditional Hawaiian religious system; taboo.
Forbidden or restricted; taboo.

[Hawaiian, from Proto-Polynesian *tapu.]
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Lervumie, called forth to testify, said he had got it from Noni; Noni had got it from Sulefatoi; Sulefatoi from Choka; Choka from Ngava; and Ngava completed the circle by stating that it had been given to him by Kapu.
After coming to power as Naidu dithered over the quota promise, Kapu leader Mudragadda Padmanabham called for a protest on January 31 last year near Tuni in East Godavari district, which turned violent and protestors torched the Ratnanchal Express and ransacked Tuni railway station.
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Dec 2 ( ANI ): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said the Central Government's approval was needed to push the initiative of providing 5 per cent quota to the Kapu community in the education and employment sectors.
Academic institutions are highly segmented and compartmentalized, which makes practicing kapu aloha tenuous in the academy, let alone beyond.
Onda li ndi uvite nawa molwashoka kapu na ngoka e wete ndje sho nda tokola okulya onyama niikaha yowala.
The TDP chief has also announced that he will have two deputy chief ministers -- one a Kapu and the second from among the Backward Classes -- if he was voted to power.
Adopting a more idealist position, Sahlins has argued that the categorical significance of kapu had changed lot Hawaiian chiefs and commoners as a result of engagement with Europeans, so that by 1819, when chiefs finally abolished the eating and sacrificial system 'they found many ordinary people ready to join them.
Society was strictly regimented by the ali'i in the form of kapu (taboo) laws.
The pu`uhonua provided a sanctuary for kapu breakers until Kamehameha II abolished the religion in 1819.
The Manjunatha commission that submitted its report on "BC reservation to Kapu community" to the cabinet on Friday will continue discussion on Saturday.
Rao, who belonged to politically influential Kapu community in coastal Andhra, had entered politics about two decades ago and joined the Congress party.