HAPA KANAKA WAI WAI LYRICS

Ma ke alahele 'o Iesû
On the road, Jesus

I hâlâwai aku ai
Met

Me ke kanaka 'ôpio hanohano
With the dignified young man

Kaulana i ka waiwai
Famous for (his) wealth

Pane mai e ka 'ôpio:
The youth asked:

"E ku'u Haku maika'i
"My good Lord

He aha ho'i ka'u e hana aku ai
What must I do

I loa'a e ke ola mau?"
To be given eternal life?"

"'E hâ'awi, e hâ'awi lilo
"Give, give away (all) entirely

I kou mau waiwai
Your riches

Huli a hahai mai ia'u
Turn and follow me

I loa'a e ke ola mau iâ 'oe"
To obtain eternal life for you

Minamina e ka 'ôpio
The youth was sorrowful

I kona mau waiwai
Of (losing) his wealth

I ke ku'ai a hâ'awi lilo aku
Of selling and giving it all away

I ka po'e nele a hune
To the needy and poor people

Huli a'e 'o Iesû lâ
Turning then, Jesus

Pane aku i ka 'ôpio:
Replied to the youth:

"'A'ole a'e hiki ke kanaka waiwai
Unable to rise, the young rich man,

I ke Aupuni o ka Lani"
To the Kingdom of Heaven


Source: Keola Donaghy, Copyright J. Almeida 1971, Translated by Haunani Bernardino - Based on the parable from Matthew 19:16-24, Almeida composed the music in 1915, for a Mormon church in Honolulu who rejected the song because it sounded too much like a hula. The original chords and music was not the way it is sung today. First recorded in 1946 by John Almeida with the Genoa Keawe trio.
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