1. (-a, -‘ia), v.i. Roll up, coil up, wind round and round.
Kua pōkai te va‘ine i te moenga ē kua tāpeka ki te taura.
The woman rolled the mat up and tied it around with string;
Kua pōkai‘ia te māpu ē kua tuku‘ia ki roto i te kāparāta.
The map was rolled up and put in the cup-board;
Kua pōkai rāua i te kupenga ki runga i te rākau.
They rolled up the fishing net around the pole;
E pōkai meitaki koe i te taura.
Coil the rope up neatly;
Kāre i piri meitaki te rau‘ara i tōku pōkai‘anga.
I didn’t coil the pandanus strips tightly enough;
E pōkai koe i tōna ‘ē‘ē ki te ko‘u vairākau.
Rub this bag of ointment round and round his boil;
‘E na‘o tītī‘ara tērā e pōkai ‘uā ra i roto i te roto.
That is a shoal of trevally swimming round and round in the lagoon.
2. n. Clew, coil, (wound) ball, roll, reel.
Tēia te pōkai a‘o tautai.
Here is a ball of fishing line;
Nā‘au tēia pōkai niuniu?
Is this your coil of wire?;
Kua ‘oko pōkai taura muramura mai au.
I’ve bought a reel of red cotton.