Hula - words by Mary Puku'i music by Noelani Mahoe

 
Makemake no anei 'oe
E a'o i nei mea a he hula
Me ka no'eau a mikimiki 'oi
Ka hula ana a ka Hawai'i
 
 
Penei a e kuhi ai
Hana no a 'olu na lima
Ke ki'ina maika'i a ka wawae
E kohukohu pono iho ai
 
 
E ho'onaaue malie a'e
I ko kikala a lewa
Huli 'akau a ho'i ka hema
He good fun mai ho'i kau
 
 
Kamau mai e ka 'uwehe
I ka hela ma ke kaholo
Ka'apuni a'e kaua a puni
O ka round-the-island mai keia
 
 
Ha'ina mai ana ka puana
No ka hula kaulana o Hawai'i
Huli 'akau a ho'i i ka hema
He good fun mai keia

 

Do you wish to learn
This thing called the hula?
With neatness and nicety
Is the hula of Hawai'i done
 
 
This is the way to gesture
Make your hands move gracefully
Then step along nicely
To make them coordinate
 
 
Move quietly
Your hips in a gentle sway
Swing right then swing left
This is really good fun
 
 
Then add the 'uwehe step
The hela next and the kaholo
Let us go all around
This step is the "round-the-island"
 
 
This ends my song
Of Hawai'i's famous dance
Swing right, then swing left
This is really good fun