Mai Hô`eu`eu Mai `Oe - Traditional

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Mai hōʻeuʻeu mai ʻoe
I ka wai ua lana mālie
E kakali mālie ʻoe
A laʻi pono ka makani

ʻAuhea wale ana ʻoe
Uhiwai o Kaʻala
I pili me ka Malua
Ka makani o ka ʻāina

Hoʻokahi au mea uluhua
Ka makani anu la he Kiu
Houhou ana i ka ili
Konikoni i ka iwi hilo

ʻAʻole i piliwi ia
Leo hone o ke kahuli
Hone ana i ka pō la`i
I ke kulukulu aumoe



You must not be anxious to rush
Into the water that appears serene
You must wait patiently
Until the wind calms down

Pay attention
Fog of Kaʻala
Associated with the Malua wind
The wind of the land

The one thing I worry about
Is the strong, chilly, northwesterly wind
That pierces the skin
And causes my bones to shiver

Unbelievable
The sweet voice of the land shells
Singing in the still night
In the late night

Source: G. Cooke collection - Verse 2, stanza 2, Kaʻala is the highest mountain on Oʻahu rising 3938 feet on the leeward coast. Stanza 3, Malua is the sea breeze. Verse 3, stanza 2, Kiu is a strong, chilly, northwesterly wind. Music clip by Gippy Cooke