A Nanai Kaulahea

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A Nanai Kaulahea

Memoirs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Polynesian Ethnology and Natural Hisotry, Vol 6
A Nanai1 Kaulahea,
A Mauna-lei, kui ka lei,
Lei Pele i ka ieie la, 
Wai hinu poo o Hiiaka,
Holapu ili o Haumea,
Ua ono Pele i kana ia,
O ka honu iki o Polihua2,  
Honu iki ai nounou,
Kua papai o ka moana,
Ka ea nui kua wawaka, 
Hoolike i ka ai na Pele, 
Ina oaka oaka oaka i ka lani la 
Elieli kau mai. 







At Kaulahea, Lanai,
At Mauna-lei, twine the wreath,
Pele is wreathed with the ieie, 
Hiiaka shines [her] head, 
Haumea anoints [her] body. 
Pele enjoys her fish, 
The small turtle of Polihua, 
Small turtle, short necked, 
[Of] crab-like back, of the sea. 
The large pattern-backed tortoise
Resembling the food for Pele
If glistening and reflecting in the sun. 
[Let] awe possess me.



1Nanai for Lanai. Kaulahea an early king of that island; also a noted prophet. 
2Poihua, noted for sea-turtle, a favorite of Pele.