E ʻAʻama (O Black Crab) - Words & music by Ku’ulei Ahuna, Hawaiian lyrics by Eleanor Ahuna


E ʻaʻama, ʻaʻama, he mea ʻai ono ʻoe
Kou aʻahu eleele, e like me ka pō
He ono 'licious ʻoe, as we all know
He ono 'licious ʻoe, no one can deny

E ʻaʻama, ʻaʻama, he mea ʻai ono ʻoe
Makaʻu au ia oe, no kou ano
Kou kua ikaika, me kou pinchers, e hopu ai
He ono 'licious ‘oe, no one can deny

Hui:
E holo, e holo, e holo aku ʻoe
E holo, e holo, iʻo a ia nei
E hopu anu au, i ʻoe, e ʻaʻama
He ono 'licious ʻoe, I can’t let you escape

E ʻaʻama, ʻaʻama, he mea ʻai ono ʻoe
Aloha for now, a hui hou kāua
Manaʻo au ia ʻoe, mmmmmm
He ono ’licious ʻoe, I know, I know


O black crab, you are delicious food
Your black shell like the dark night
You are delicious,
You are delicious

O black crab, you are delicious food
I am afraid and entranced by you
Your powerful pinchers can grasp,
You are delicious

Chorus:
Run, run, you must run away
Run, run, here and there
I will catch you, black crab
You are delicious

O black crab, you are delicious food
Goodbye for now, we will meet again
I intend to eat you
You are delicious



Source: Bruddah Ku`ulei "Simply Said" CD, Paradise Productions, Interpretation by Kaiu Kanoa