Mai`a Lau Pala (Yellowing Banana Leaf) - Traditional

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ʻAuhea wale ʻoe e ka maoli
Ka maiʻa lau pala o ke kuahiwi

Kaena ana ʻoe i kou kanaka uʻi
I na hua ohiʻa pala haʻama

E kiʻi a loaʻa i ka wekiu
Ka liko ka lehua ke ʻako mai

ʻAʻole ʻoe aʻo pua ka ʻilima
E memele kohu ai nei poʻohiwi

Eia au nei pua ka lehua
Kohu ai ke kaunu ana i laila

Heaha no la kaʻu hala nui
Au aʻe paweo ʻike ʻole mai

Kohu ʻoli kahi mea o ka liʻa ʻana
Hoʻokahi kawele pulu i ka hou

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Ka maiʻa lau pala o ke kuahiwi

 

Pay attention, you banana
The yellowing banana leaf of the mountains

You brag about your youthful physique
About the mountain apples half ripe

Go after and get to the top
To cut the leaf bud of the lehua

You are not the `ilima flower
So becoming, the yellow on my shoulders

Here I am, the lehua flower
Suitable for loving

What is my great fault
You turn away, without looking at me|

That person is unsuitable and not desirable
A towel damp with sweat

The story is told
The yellowing-leafed banana of the mountain

 Source: There are other versions and verses of this mele. Maiʻa is the general term for banana and maoli is a variety. Maiʻa lau pala is the Hawaiian expression for bad or failing health. Music clip by Gippy Cooke