pa‘i

pa‘i,

1. n. A bed of earth, esp. a raised taro bed (as opposed to a taro swamp (repo tāvari).

‘E pa‘i tērā i kō kua oti i te tāpoki, kāre rā i tanumia ake.
There is a bed of taro over there which has been mulched, but it hasn’t been planted yet;

Nā ‘ai mā i pīpī i tā‘au pa‘i ‘uri tōmāti?
Who watered your bed of tomato plants? Kīkau tāpoki pa‘i, Coconut leaves for mulching a taro bed.

2. (-‘ia). To dig over a taro patch, prepare a taro bed.

Kua pa‘i ‘aia i tāna repo, nō tei mate te vai.
He prepared a taro bed because the water (in the taro swamp) dried up.

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