a common figure in Māori carving consisting of a human body and a bird-like head
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How to use manaia in a sentence
It so happened that half-way down the cliff, which is twelve fathoms high, there was a boy named manaia.
When she came to the surface, I was still clasped tightly in her arms, and manaia cried to her to swim to the canoe.
Then she called out to him, "Ola, manaia," and he looked at us and laughed as he spun his small hand-net into the pool.
Then, once we were at a safe distance, we ran swiftly to the beach, and then onwards to where manaia awaited us.
Then, whilst I steered, manaia tied strips of tappa around Selema's leg so as to stay the bleeding.