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Oli/Mele

Oli, or chant is a traditional form of expression that was and still is used today in all aspects of life such as acknowledging one's genealogy, honoring a person or place, storytelling, or as protocol before and after certain activities. Here at Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue, our students begin their day with oli. As in traditional times, a student or group of students would ask their teacher for permission before entering his or her school of learning. In other instances, they would express a chant of aloha, humility, and gratitude while acknowledging the traditions of their forefathers.
Oli Kāhea
are chants that ask permission to enter into their school of learning. Keep in mind these chants signify that a student is ready and prepared physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Kūnihi

(traditional)

Kūnihi ka mauna i ka la‘i ē
‘O Wai‘ale‘ale lā i Wailua
Huki a‘ela i ka lani ka papa ‘auwai  ‘o Kawaikini
‘Ālai ‘ia a‘ela e Nounou
Nalo ‘o Kaipuha‘a
Ka laulā ma uka o Kapa‘a ē
Mai pa‘a i ka leo, he‘ole kāhea mai ē

Noho Ka Pu’u Kū Kilakila ‘O Ka‘au

Noho ka pu’u kū kilakila ‘o Ka‘au
I kahi e holo a‘e ka Holo‘ūhā,
I kahi makani o Kekaha,
Ki‘eki‘e ka wai o Wai‘ōma‘o,
Ha‘aha‘a ka ‘ukele o Pūkele,
Kau mai ke ānuenue a honi i ka ‘awapuhi melemele, ke‘oke‘o
E ia nō mākou nā pua i honi ‘ia e ka ua Lililehua
Mai waiho i ka ua,
He ‘ole kāhea mai ē
Na 'Iokepa DeSantos

He Loa Ke Ala I Hele ‘Ia Me Ke Aloha

He loa ke ala i hele ‘ia me ke aloha
I ke awāwa ‘o Pālolo
I ka lua pele ‘ Ka‘au
Kahi e pi‘o mau nei ke Ānuenue
E ia au ka haumāna ‘imi ola i wahi nei ē
I ka ua, ke anu ke ko‘eko‘e
‘O ‘oe lā ka lā e ho‘opumehana nei
E ho‘omālamalama nei
Ke hea nei au iā ‘oe e ke kumu ē
Mai pa‘a i ka leo 
He‘ole kāhea mai ē
Na Kalani Akana



Oli Komo
are chants that grant permission for those to enter.

E Hea I Ke Kanaka E Komo Ma Loko

(traditional)
E hea i ke kanaka e komo ma loko
E hānai ai a hewa ka waha
E ia nō ka uku la o ka leo
A he leo wale nō ē

He Lani Ko Luna

He Lani ko luna, he honua ko lalo
He pili Hawai‘i ko luna iho
He paepae Hawai‘i ko lalo a‘e
Ka puka komo nō, Hi‘ikua
Ka puka kilo nō, Hi‘ialo
Na ko ne‘i e kono aku
Na ka ‘ō e kipa mai
He hale ē


Oli Aloha
are chants or expressions of greetings, affection, admiration, adornment, love, and appreciation.

Oli Aloha no Pālolo

He aloha nō, he aloha lā
Aloha e nā. Hawai‘i
Mai Hawai‘i nui o Keawe lā
a i ke one nene‘e o Ni‘ihau
Eia ho‘i ‘o O‘ahu lā
Pū ‘ia i ke ala ka ilima
Ua Lililehua o Pālolo lā
Kaulana ka inoa o Wai‘oma‘o
‘Āiki Ka‘au iā Waikīkī lā
a i ke ka‘i o nā kini i ane‘i
Ke ha‘o nei au iā ‘oe lā
I ka wai Kahuli mau o ke au hou
Puana ia me ke aloha pau ‘ole lā
Ua nani ‘o Pālolo, ua kaulana ē
A‘o ‘ia e Kumu Kapono‘ai Molitau


Onaona

(traditional)
 
Onaona i ka hala me ka lehua
He hale lehua nō ia na ka noe
‘O ka‘u nō ia e ‘ano‘i nei
E li‘a nei ho‘i o Kahiki mai 
A hiki mai nō ‘oukou
A hiki pū nō me ke aloha
Aloha e, aloha e

Oli Lei
are chanted when presenting others with lei/makana to show appreciation and/or to honor them.

Oli Lei

(traditional)

Ka lei mai la ‘o Ka‘ula i ke kai e
‘O ka mālamalama o Ni‘ihau ua mālie e
A mālie, ua pā e ka Inuwai lā
Ke inu maila nā hala o Naue i ke kai
No Naue ka hala, no Puna ka wahine
No ka lua nō i Kīlauea


Oli Mahalo
is an expression of appreciation, love, and/or acknowledgement.

Oli Mahalo

‘Uhola ‘ia ka makaloa lā
Pū‘ai i ke aloha ā
Kūka‘i ‘ia ka hāloa lā
Pāwehi mai nā lehua.
Mai ka ho‘oku‘i a ka hālāwai lā
Mahalo e nā akaua,
Mahalo e nā kūpuna lā ‘eā
Mahalo me ke aloha lā,
Mahalo me ke aloha lā
Na Kumu Kēhau Camara



Other Oli

He Mū

He mū ‘o ia

He mū

He mū nā moe inoino,
nā moemoeā, nā pūnohunohu, nā haumia!

He mū ‘o ia

He mū

‘Eli‘eli

Iā ‘ē

Noa

Noa honua!

He pule hikala kēia. He mea i hana ‘ia no ka pale ‘ana i nā mea ‘ino.