kā‘ara

kā‘ara, n. Sharkskin drum, made from a three-foot section of tree-trunk, top third hollowed out and covered with tympanum of shark or cowskin. A small circular sounding-slot is cut in one side.

Kua reka te tangi o te kā‘ara. The kā‘ara
has a lovely sound;

Kua rutu ‘aia i te kā‘ara ma te ‘ura.
He beat the

kā‘ara
and danced;

Kua mataku te tangata i te tangi‘anga o te kā‘ara i runga i te marae i te tūruā‘ipō.
The people were scared by the noise of the

kā‘ara
(and the shouting of the spirits) on the marae in the dead of night.

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