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He Au Hou – A New Era

Aloha friends, fellow poets and readers. Let’s celebrate February as ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) Month.

He Au Hou, “a new era” is a 21st century oli (chant). It’s written to be chanted “leo nui -style”, loudly and proudly, from the rooftops, from a canoe, even a mountaintop. Translation provided below its original text for Da Boss.

He Au Hou!

He au hou!
Iwakālua – Iwakālua!
Kupaianaha!
Nā maka o ka moʻo!
He au hou!

E kū kānaka, e kū haʻaheo, e kū paʻa
E kū! E kū!

No ka ʻāina (Alakaʻi)
E kū kānaka, e kū haʻaheo, e kū paʻa
E kū! E kū!

No ka moana! (Alakaʻi)
E kū kanaka, e kū haʻaheo, e kū paʻa
E kū! E kū!

No ka lani! (Alakaʻi)
E kū kānaka, e kū haʻaheo, e kū paʻa
E kū! E kū!

E ʻonipaʻa a mau loa nō!


A New Era!

A new era!
Twenty Twenty!
Amazing!
Snake eyes!
A new era!

Stand kanaka, stand proud, stand firm
Stand, stand!

For the land! (Leader says)
Stand kanaka, stand proud, stand firm

For the ocean! (Leader says)
Stand kanaka, stand proud, stand firm
Stand, stand!

For the heavens! (Leader says)
Stand kanaka, stand proud, stand firm
Stand, stand!

Remain steadfast forever!

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