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Translation for lyrics of "hiki mai"
By hawaiigirl99
On Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:52 AM

I am doing hula kahiko, and i need to sing to and dance to "hiki mai" and i think i would better be able to perform if i knew what the chant is about :D

These are the lyrics:

Hiki Mai

Hiki Mai Kala

Aloha Wale

Kal E Kau Nei

Aia Ma Lalo

O Ka Wai Hola

I Lalo

O Kauai

O Lehua E

If anyone can tell me the translation that would be great! I am still in the process of learning the language and i'm not very good yet XD


2 Replies to Translation for lyrics of "hiki mai"

re: Translation for lyrics of "hiki mai"
By Tahiti_E_Imua
On Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:31 AM
Edited by Tahiti_E_Imua (212047) on 2009-08-14 10:33:09
Hi Hawaiigirl99 - ok, well, really quick, to say 'thank you' it's actually 'Mahalo' - not 'Maholo.' Just a quick one for you there - funny, when I was living in Hawaii, I remember being at the McDonalds and some tourists were there, saw the words 'Mahalo' on the trash bin, and thought 'Mahalo' meant 'Trash Can.' They were telling their son: 'Go put your cup in the ma-hay-low!!!" He he he - we cracked up, but I can see how they could make the mistake....

ANYWAY, alright - the translation:

Hiki mai, hiki mai ka la, e = It has come, it has come, the sun

Aloha wale ka la e kau nei = Greetings to the sun placed on high

Aia malalo o Kawaihoa = There below Kawaihoa

Aka lalo o Kauai o Lehua = Below Kauai and Lehua

E ala, e ala, ea = arise

He mele no ka hikina o ka la = A song for the rising sun

Hope this helps - Kawaihoa is a point not far from Hanauma Bay.
re: Translation for lyrics of "hiki mai"
By hawaiigirl99
On Fri Aug 14, 2009 04:16 PM
So sorry! Can't beleive i misspelled mahalo!! XD My bad, i've never been too good at Thanks for correcting me! and that is so funny that they thought mahalo meant trash can hahaha

And thanks, this makes the whole dance and everything make a lot more sense!

Mahalo again! (got it right this time!) haha

Aloha! :)


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