kakī 1, (-‘ia). Crave, long for (esp. food or drink), desire inordinately; craving.
I tōku kite‘anga i te kā‘ui meika para, kua kakī au.
When I saw the bunch of ripe bananas, I longed for them (to eat);
Nō tōna kakī i te ‘ara, kua ‘oko ‘aia ‘ē rua ‘ara mama‘ata.
She felt such a craving for a pineapple that she bought two big ones;
Ko te vī , ko te ‘ua rākau kakī tē reira a te tamariki.
Mangoes, they‘re the fruit the children always fancy;
‘E kai kakī ‘ia e te tangata,
food people crave for. Kakī kai, hunger. Kakī vai, thirst.
Nō tōna kakī nui i te ‘anga‘anga, nō reira kua roko‘ia ‘aia e te maki ma‘ata.
He has such an appetite for work that he made himself very ill;
Kua kakī nui ‘aia i te tanu tōmāti, kāre e rauka iāia i te ‘ākono.
He had a great desire to grow tomatoes, but he wasn’t able to tend them.