kāka‘o

kāka‘o, n.

1. A tall perennial grass having a cane-like stem and feathery terminal panicles (Miscanthus floridulus).

E ‘iri koe i te kāka‘o mama‘ata ‘ei koro i te ‘are.
Pick out the biggest canes for the walls of the house;

Kua ‘apai mai mātou i te ruru kāka‘o i runga i te maunga.
We’ve brought a bundle of canes down from the hill;

‘E pare kāka‘o tōku nō Mangaia mai.
I’ve got a

kāka‘o
hat from Mangaia.

2. (Bib.). Arrow.

Te aronga akainaina kakao,
the archers. (1 Sam. 31.3). (cf.

ka‘o,
thatch rafter.)

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