Ua maua 'ula futifuti.

Translation:
To have nothing but shredded feathers.

Origin:
Two sons of the Tuimanu'a went to Fiji to get 'ula for their father. "Ula are the pretty red feathers with which the fine mats are decorated. On the way back the boys plucked the feathers to pieces whcih were carried away by the wind.

To be careless and wasteful. Used at the loss of some benefit anticipated or already obtained, particularly when it is lost through negligence.







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