Mele ʻo Waʻa Hōkūleʻa

Ua ʻike maka mākou                               We all witnessed
Iā Hōkūleʻa                                             The Hōkūleʻa
Waʻa kaulua nani                                    The beautiful double hulled canoe
Me he manu i ka holokai                         Like a bird gliding on the sea

Ua poho nā peʻa                                     The sails are hollowed out
I ke aheahe makani                                As the gentle wind blows
Hoʻokele ʻia a kūpono                             Being steered straight forward
I ka hoe a nā akamai                              By the paddle of the navigator

I ke ala o Kahiki                                      In the path of Kahiki
Ka holo Hōkūleʻa                                    The sailing of Hōkūleʻa
Nā hōkū o nā lani                                   All the stars in the heavens
Kou kiaʻi alakaʻi                                      Are your guides

Hoʻokahi nō kiaʻi                                    There is but one guardian
Nāna nō e mālama                                It is he who will care for you
Ma loko nō o Kona mana                      Within His great power
Nā holokai Hawaiʻi                                 For the voyages of Hawaiʻi

Puana ʻia mai                                        The story has been given
Waʻa Hōkūleʻa                                       Waʻa Hōkūleʻa
ʻO mākou pū me ʻoe                              We are with you all the way
I ka holo a hoʻi mai                                When you leave and return
Hoʻi mai, hoʻi mai.                                  Return, return.

Waʻa Hōkūleʻa was composed by Dr. Larry Kimura for Hōkūleʻa’s 1976 maiden voyage to Tahiti and was recorded on Roddy Lopez’ ʻEkahi Lehua CD, 1993.

Listen and sing along to this mele nani here.  Follow Hōkūleʻa on her Worldwide Voyage here.

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Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 05:17 PM