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A Waho Makou o Awawmalu

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Chant for Oʻahu: A Waho Mākou o Āwawamalu

Oʻahu, the child of Papa and Lua according to one tradition, is honored in this chant composed by Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and performed by Kumu Hula Snowbird Bento. This chant asks for entry into a protected realm of hula, traditional knowledge, sacred practices, creativity, mutual respect and aloha.

It begins at Oʻahu’s easternmost point of Āwawamalu, also known as Sandy Beach. Hālona, the name of the well-known blow hole nearby, means to peer or to be watchful – a good trait in learning. Hālona’s sea spray represents the knowledge that would be shared.

Mailikukahi, an ancient chief of Oʻahu, is credited for establishing the six land divisions, or moku, that segment the island, which are Koʻolaupoko, Koʻolauloa, Waialua, Waiʻanae, ʻEwa and Kona.
Manu Boyd
'Ae, a waho mākou o Āwawamalu
I kahi a ka la ē puka mai ai

Olali na ale hanupanupa o Kaiwi
Oaka halona i ke poipoi ehu kai

Ike i ka nani o Oʻahu a Lua
ʻāina kau i ka hano Mailikukahi

Lokahi ke aloha ē welina mai nei

No Koʻolaupoko i ka lai o Mololani
No Koʻolauloa i ka Malualuakiiwai


No Waialua i ka ihikapu o Kukaniloko
No Waiʻanae i ke alo kehau o Kaala

No ʻEwa i ka lei momi o ka iʻa hamau leo
No Kona i ka papa konane aʻo mamala


Mālama iho iʻa ke aloha no ka ʻāina uluwehiwehi

E hea mai ka leo i pae aku mākou i uka


He noi leo kēia, he kānaenae i aloha ē, ʻae


We are offshore of Āwawamalu
Where the sun bursts forth on the horizon

The animated waves of Kaiwi shimmer
Hālona freely releases its misty contents

Behold the splendor of Oʻahu, child of Lua
Esteemed domain of Mailikukahi

United is our love, our greeting

For Koʻolaupoko in the calm of Mololani
For Koʻolauloa in the water-fetching Malualua breeze

For Waialua in the sacredness of Kukaniloko
For Waiʻanae in the dew-laden presence of Kaala

For ʻEwa, the string of pearls of the silent fish (oysters)
For Kona and Māmala’s konane board by the sea

Love for this beautiful place is well tended

Call out your voice of welcome that we may come ashore

This is our earnest plea, our chant of praise
Answer!