Pua `Alani

by Mike and Matt

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Chorus, stanza 3, lua is the Hawaiian bone breaking sport of ancient Hawai`i, forbidden by law in the days of the kingdom. Chorus, stanza 4, “stairway of the shrimp” is a lua hold whereby a warrior lifts his opponent from the ground and breaks his bones in the air.


Ua pono no `oe e ka Inuwai
I ka lawe a holu i ka lau o ke pili
Komo pono aku la `oe i ka `ai a ka lua
I ke ala pi`i a ka `opae

You are all right O Inuwai breeze
In setting the leaves of the pili to swaying
You are caught in the grip of the lua
Called “the stairway of the shrimp”


released October 4, 2011
Arrangement inspired by Gabby Pahinui
Original Composer: Emma Alexandria Kanoa de Fries
Translated by Mary Pukui
Art Director: Aimee Macauley



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