Lei Onaona

Lyrics - Hawaiian

(Hawaiian folk song)

Maika’i Pâhoa nani a ipu
Pili i ka lae ao
Leleiwi `Oni ana Mokuola, kau i ke kai
Lei onaona Puna i keala me ka hînano

I laila (hoi pono iho)
Hoi pono iho (ka`i ini)
I ka nani (ka paia `ala)
Ka paia `ala, (`ala a’o Puna)

English Translation – Fragrant Garland

Beautiful Pahoa, glory of ipu
Close to the pounding of Leleiwi* point
Mokuola** stirs, resting in the sea
Puna is a fragrant garland, suffused in the
Fragrance of the pandanus blossom

There (to return directly)
To return directly (yearning)
Beautiful (bowers suffused in fragrance)
Bowers suffused in fragrance (fragrant Puna)

*Leleiwi is a cape near Hilo.
**Mokuola (island of life ) is Coconut island in Hilo Bay.
(Translated by Lalepa Koga Music)

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  • MIDI file
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