Definition of hakari in English:

hakari

noun

New Zealand
  • A Maori feast which follows a funeral ceremony or marks another important occasion.

    ‘such large quantities of food are prepared that some hakaris last for several weeks’
    • ‘One such Maori custom, called hakari (feasting), was an important aspect of Maori culture.’
    • ‘The dramatic visuals of the hakari have been co-opted by the advertising industry.’
    • ‘Is he out gathering kai moana for a hakari?’
    • ‘The book is a long, but fascinating history of the 'hakari', the traditional Maori feast.’
    • ‘Whoever produced the biggest hakari could win a large stretch of coastline.’
    • ‘First-time Hakari eaters are normally advised to hold their nose when chewing so only the taste buds in the tongue and not the more sensitive tastebuds in the nose are offended.’
    • ‘At the end of this period would be a time of feasting or hakari.’
    • ‘Much national rejoicing takes place at each of these hakaris.’
    • ‘Finally we were guests at their hakaris and could vouch for the excellence of Maori culinary skill.’
    • ‘The hakari, or feast, was given in return for a previous one.’

Origin

Early 19th century Maori.

Pronunciation

hakari

/ˈhɑːkəri/