kaku

kaku, v.t.

1. Beg, entreat for something.

Kāre ‘aia i roa i te no‘o‘anga ki Peritāne, kua kaku kia ‘aka‘oki vave‘ia ki Rarotonga.
She hadn’t been in Britain long before she begged to be taken back quickly to Rarotonga;

Kua kaku ‘aia kia ‘akakore‘ia tāna ‘ara.
He begged that his sins might be forgiven;

I mua ake ka tāmate‘ia ai ‘aia, kua kaku ‘aia i te tātauro.
Before she was put to death, she begged for a cross.

2. Long for (nostalgically).

Kia kite te tamaiti kaimoumou ‘apinga i tōna ngere, kua auē ‘aia ē kua kaku i tōna metua.
When the prodigal son found himself destitute, he wept and yearned for his father;

Kua kaku ‘aia i tōna ‘enua ‘ānau.
He longed for his native land.

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