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

These 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 DeSanto

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

These 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

These 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

Other Oli

Oli Lei

(traditional)
This is chanted when presenting others with lei/makana to show appreciation and/or to honor them.

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

This oli is an expression of appreciation, love, and/or acknowledgement.

‘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

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.