kākā1

kākā1, n. Name given to a number of lianas.

‘ī toru āku kākā i ‘apai mai ei ‘ei rere nā tātou.
I’ve brought three (lengths of) lianas for us to skip with;

Kua ‘apai mai ‘a Mere i te ruru kākā ki te ‘āpi‘i.
Mere has brought a coil of liana to school;

Kua ‘u‘uti kākā mātou.
We’ve pulled up some lianas. Some varieties:

Kākā mura,
which has a reddish stem;

Kākā tea,
found on the coast, with a pale-greenish stem;

Kākā uri,
dark-green stemmed;

Kākā vai,
whose large stem holds potable water.