kaute, n. The introduced hibiscus shrub with showy flowers (Hibiscus rosasinensis).
‘E ‘ei kaute tōku.
I’ve a wreath made of hibiscus flowers.
Kaute ‘enua, a dark-red double-flowered variety said to be the native Rarotongan shrub.
Kua reru ‘aia i te pu‘era o te kaute ‘enua ‘ei ma‘ani vairākau.
He pounded up the kaute ‘enua flowers to make medicine.