Wai Auau O Hi`iaka

 
A Kauai, a ke olewa iluna
Ka pua lana i kai o Wailua
Nana mai Pele ilaila
E waiho aku ana Oahu
Aloha i ka wai niu o ka aina
E ala mai ana Mokihana
 
 
Wai auau o Hiiaka
Ho`opa`apa`a Pele ilaila
A`ohe kau e ulu ai
Keehi aku Pele i ka ale kua-loloa
He onohi no Pele, ka oaka o ka lani, la
Eli eli, kau mai
To Kauai, swaying above
A floating flower at sea, off Wailua
Pele turns her gaze over there
She's bidding farewell to Oahu
Beloved land of the coconut with water
Fragrance of Mokihana is wafted
 
 
Hi`iaka bathes in the water
Place where Pele quarreled
Put aside for future attention
Her foot now spurns the long-backed wave
Pele's eyes blaze like a meteor flash in the sky
Finished the prayer, enter, possess!

 

Source: Unwritten Literature of Hawaii by Emerson