Kuʻu Ipo Huapala - John Almeida

Auhea wale ana ʻoe lā
E kuʻu ipo huapala
Ma ku`u poli no ʻoe lā
Nau ʻoe e honihoni aku

ʻO kohu ulu aha ia lā
Kou neʻe neʻe mai a pili
A pili mai kahuahi manu
Olu wau ka hene kuʻu hana

Ke akamai noeau lā
A he mikioi ke kiʻina
Kauila ma ke neki
Pili kou puʻuwai kapalili

Ke aku ʻoe a mau
E kuʻu lei onaona
Haʻina mai ka puana
E kuʻu ipo huapala

Where are you
My beloved sweetheart
Resting here in my heart
I want to kiss you

Why do I have a rising excitement
My moving until we are together
Till you are close to me
Finding comfort in our progress

With clever thoughts
And sprightly fetching

The electricity between us is like a magnet
My heart flutters

With you I have value
My sweet fragrant lei
I dedicate this song
To my beloved sweetheart


Source:Gippy Cooke Collection Translated by HPS