1. (-‘ia). (Have) a cast or blemish (in the eye).
‘E tangata mānea tika ai ‘aia, nā te kana ‘ua i tōna mata i ‘akavi‘ivi‘i iāia.
He’s a very handsome man, it’s just the cast in his eye that spoils him;
Kua kana tōna mata nō tei puta i te rākau.
His eye was left with a blemish as a result of being pierced by a stick. Mata kana, (have) blemish in the eye.
Kā mata kana koe.
You‘ll get a cast in your eye;
Kua ‘akamā ‘aia i tōna mata kana‘anga.
He was ashamed of having a cast in his eye.
2. In the phrase kana ki tēia ao, stare at the world.
Kāre ake rāi tāna pēpe i kana mai ake ki tēia ao, kua ‘akataka takere ‘aia i te ingoa.
Even before her baby has seen the light of day, he’d already chosen a name for it. (See kanakana, ‘akakana-(kana), tākana(kana).) [Pn. *kana2.]