Mai’a Lau Pala

Lyrics - Hawaiian

(Hawaiian folk song)

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

2. Kaena ana `oe i kou kanaka u`i
I na hua ohi`a pala ha`ama

3. E ki`i a loa`a i ka wekiu
Ka liko ka lehua ke `ako mai

4. A`ole `oe a`o pua ka `ilima
E memele kohu ai nei po`ohiwi

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

6. Heaha no la ka`u hala nui
Au a`e paweo `ike `ole mai

7. Kohu `oli kahi mea o ka li`a `ana
Ho`okahi kawele pulu i ka hou

8. Ha`ina `ia mai ana ka puana
Ka mai`a lau pala o ke kuahiwi

English Translation – Yellowing Banana Leaf

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

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

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

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

5. Here I am, the lehua flower
Suitable for loving

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

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

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

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