1. (verb) to bloom, produce flowers.
He wā anō tō te kākā e mahia ai (arā e patua ai), kei ngā wā e pua ai ngā puāwai o ngā rātā, ka kitea te nui o te kākā e rere ana ki te ngongo i te wai o roto i te puāwai o te rātā (JPS 1895:135). / But the season is different for the kākā which are hunted when the flowers of the rātā bloom, and many kākā are seen flying to suck the nectar in the flowers.
2. (modifier) foaming.
3. (noun) foam, flower, blossom, seed.
Mā taua pī nui e kawe te puehu o tētahi o ngā pua ki tētahi, kātahi ka tika ōna pua, arā ngā purapura, ka tupu. Ā ka kore e pērātia ka pakoko ngā pua (KO 8/8/1890:4). / That large bee will take the pollen of one of the flowers to another one, then its flower will be fertilized, that is the seed, and it will grow. If this doesn't happen the seeds will be infertile.