Loa`a Ko Puni Kauoha - by Mekia Kealakai

Lihilihi o ka lehua
ʻAʻala o ka hinano
He nahele ki`i wai na ka ua
Koʻolua e liʻa mau nei  

Hui:
Loaʻa ko puni kauoha
Ke koiʻi hana nowelo
O ke apo wai pauma
Anoʻai e liʻa nei

O aʻe kau hana mahope
Laʻau a ke ake mālie
E ala kou hoʻohihi
Pela iho a hiki aku
 

 

Mekia Kealakai
 
 

 

Fringes of lehua blossoms
And the fragrance of the hinano
A forest that draws the rain
For two who yearn for each other

Chorus:
You've obtained your fondest wish
The desire from within
Circled as a water pump
Greeting the ardent wish

While you were occupied yonder
The desire gently rises
As your interest grows
Until I arrive there 

Source: McKee Collection - Written in schottische tempo, the dance resembles the polka, with Scottish/Bohemian origins. Hinano, the blossom of the male pandanus tree was used as an aphrodisiac