kāoa

kāoa, n. Coral, coral rock in the lagoon.

Kua tautai te aronga mama‘ata ki runga i te akau, kāreka te tamariki kua no‘o rātou ki runga i te kāoa i roto i te roto.
The grownups fished on the reef, but the children stayed on the coral rocks inside the lagoon;

Kua vā‘i mātou i tēia kāoa ‘ei ma‘ani ngaika.
We broke up the coral to make whitewash;

te au vā‘anga kāoa,
the lumps of coral.

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