epaepa, (-‘ia), fq. epa. To honour, consecrate or dedicate ceremonially.
Kua epaepa rātou i te ariki ma te ‘o‘ora i tā rātou ‘apinga aro‘a,
they ceremonially honoured the king and spread their gifts before him;
Kua tā‘okota‘i te tangata i te epaepa‘anga i te Atua,
the people assembled (at the festival) in praise of God.
1. Honour ceremonially, fete sbdy.
Kua epā‘ia ‘aia e tōna ‘ōire tangata,
the people of his district held a ceremony in his honour;
Tē epa nei mātou i tō mātou ariki nō tōna ‘oki ora‘anga mai mei te tamaki,
we‘re feting our king because he has returned safely from the battle.
2. Dedicate or consecrate ceremonially.
Kua epa ngā metua i tā rāua mata‘iapo ki te Atua,
the parents dedicated their eldest child to God.
‘ai2, (-a, -‘ia). Be dedicated or consecrated (of monument, church, or public building).
Ā tēia marama ki mua e ‘ai ei tēia ‘are pure.
This church is going to be consecrated next month;
Kua oti te toka ‘akama‘ara‘anga o te va‘eau i te ‘ai?
Has the war memorial been dedicated?;
Kāre i ‘ai‘ia ake tō mātou ngā‘i tārekareka.
Our sports ground hasn’t been dedicated yet.
[? Pn. *fai2.]
‘akaepaepa, caus. epa. Honour, celebrate, dedicate.
Te ‘akaepaepā ra rātou i tō rātou ariki ‘ōu.
They are honouring their new High Chief.