Haoloto

by Te Vaka

Released 2009
Warm Earth Records
Released 2009
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Album”
Winner”Best Pacific Group”
Winner “Best Polynesian album” Hawaiian Music awards”

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 04:21 Lyrics
    Ata fou

    ATA FOU (N,ew Dawn)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i Music -Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    Lalolagi Tamilohaga
    kae nofonofo ake te La
    tuku mai ki tatou te ola
    fakapelepele

    Nofo ake o te ata
    kalaga mai e kamata te aho
    paku ake o te La
    kalaga mai o te aho kua uma

    Tele tele tamilohaga
    kae nofonofo ake te La
    tuku mai ki tatou te ola
    fakapelepele

    Tamilomilo kite la
    maua ai te taimi te ola
    hapo kae he fakamaumau
    manako mai
    e kikila ki mua i tetahi

    With each turn
    the sun remains
    Giving out
    keeping us alive
    Something Precious

    A new dawn
    A call to seize the day
    Not wasted
    Sundown ends the day
    A call to rest
    Look forward to the next

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:06 Story Lyrics
    Mau Piailug

    MAU PIAILUG 
    Lyrics & Musics - Opetaia Foa'i

    ke malamalama i te gagana
    o te moana

    Maua Poto kae kehe itu kaiga
    Kikila kite Lalolagi
    Ke iloa auala
    Manatua na pehe
    Hau mai Anamua
    Fakaholo Tamana ki Tama
    Ki koe ako tatou uma

    E te leo mai anamua
    mai tupuga mo tatou
    e kua maua te malamalama
    leo o tupuga

    Momoli na aloha kia koe
    te afi na kamata e koe
    e he mafai toe galo
    holo mai agaga
    te mamalu o tupuga
    toe manatua ai
    tatou uma

    E paku ko te la kua tofu ki lalo
    fakatu na mata
    ona fetu
    fakatu

    Galuega na fai nei
    taua mo tatou nei
    ke puipuiga

    Te tagata tena
    e malamalama
    te tagata tena
    te aloha tenei
    te tagata tena
    e iei te gagana
    te tagata tena
    tuku mai tenei

    He hails from the land of the Sun
    Taught from an early age
    Many hands guide him
    To understand
    The Language of the Sea

    With knowledge he finds
    Abilities of another kind
    Every sign has a message
    Tells of whats to come
    He still chants to remember
    That’s the way of long ago
    How it passes on
    From father to son
    Now you pass it on
    For everyone

    Its the voice of long ago
    From the ancestors to us
    We now understand
    The voice of the Ancestors

    With love and respect
    The fire that you lit
    Will never go out
    The spirit of the Ancestors
    Have honoured us
    They have come home to rest
    We remember again

    And when the sun falls below
    Small eyes open
    The stars take over
    They stand up

    This work that is done
    So precious to all of us
    We must protect it

    This one understands
    This one has given us a gift
    This one has the language
    This one has returned it to us
       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:14 Story Lyrics
    Tauasa

    TAUASA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ko tala mai anamua
    ko salalau ite fenua
    saele ki motu se tagata
    tona igoa ko Tauasa

    Motulalo te koga avaava
    Na matea ai ne ia a tino agaga
    Tukutuku atu tona kete
    Tafatafa e maua ai te fou

    Ni isi fili fou
    Ni isi sakasaka
    Tino agaga

    Sa puli sa galo tou iloga
    Ko Salalau i fenua
    Toku fenua pele o Nukufetau
    Fakamatamata mimita ai au

    Tele ai aia kite Maneapa
    me ko talatala ne fafine
    toe fifili ne latou
    tena ko iloa
    poto te faiga o te fou

    A story from long ago
    Known throughout the land
    Happened as he was walking
    Around the Islet
    His name was Tauasa

    It was at a passage in Motulalo
    That he saw these Spirits
    Walking by with his basket
    He was able to get a fou

    Some were making fou
    Some were dancing
    These Spirits

    Always remember this story
    Known throughout the land
    My beautiful island of Nukufetau
    So proud it makes me so proud

    He then ran to the meeting house
    Asked the women to unravel the fou
    Then they put it back together
    That’s how they learnt
    The making of the fou

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:33 Story Lyrics
    Kaluve pepe

    shhhh kaluve pepe ...

     

    hau

     

    foe - hiiiii

     

    e .. e... kila mai!!

    e .. e .. kila mai!!

     

    e - e kila mai hau ta hiva e - 

    e - e hau ta hiva

     

    e - e kila mai, hau ta hiva e -

    e - e hau ta lue e

     

    TAHI LUA TOLU HAU...

    Manaia manaia te hiva

    manaia te hiva e

     

    Manaia manaia te lue

    manaia te lue e

     

    TRANSLATION

     

    Shhh Groovy Baby!

     

    Come!

     

    hey .. hey .. look at me 

    hey .. hey .. look at me 

     

    hey .. look at me now come and dance 

    come and dance 

     

    Hey .. look at me now come and dance

    come and sway

     

    1 - 2 - 3 COME

    beautiful beautiful dancing

    beautiful dancing

     

    beautiful beautiful swaying

    beautiful swaying

     

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Te Mavaega

    TE MAVAEGA (To say goodbye)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    E pa mai te aso
    te mavaega
    talohia manuia te malaga
    e kua maopoopo
    te mavaega
    talohia manuia te malaga

    Pukupuku na taimi tenei
    tena tena
    fiafia ma te katakata ki ei
    pukupuku olaga tenei
    tena tena
    fiafia ma te katakata ki ei

    E – aoaoa te loto
    Te mavaega
    Talohia Manuia te Malaga

    Pukupuku na taimi tenei
    tena tena
    ko te aloha ma te agalelei
    pukupuku olaga tenei
    tena tena
    fakamaoni ma amio lelei

    E mamaha te loto
    kae fofou ai au
    ke toe fetaui taua
    ki mua

    Aganuku
    Te aloha
    Aga amiolelei
    Te mamalu
    Te kupu
    Ahh tena

    The day has come
    To say farewell
    To wish you well
    On your journey
    We have gathered
    To say farewell
    To wish you well
    On your journey

    Such a short time we have
    That that
    Just be happy and smile
    This lifetime so short
    That that
    Just be happy and smile

    Though my heart is clouded
    I’m saying farewell
    Wishing you well
    On your journey

    Such a short time we have
    That that
    Show love and kindness
    Honesty and decency

    Though my heart is heavy
    My only wish is
    That we meet again
    Somewhere up ahead

    Your Culture
    Your Love
    Your Spirit
    Your Good Intentions
    Honour and Dignity
    In your word
    That is all
    That really matters

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:20 Lyrics
    Tui Moana

    TUI MOANA (King of the Sea)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Te gali o te tai

    Fakateletele iluga o te moana

    Te gigila o te moana
    heheke atu au i toku vaka
    te Matagi e malu

    Te Manino o te Moana
    Te Malino o te Moana

    Tatou fenua ko tenei
    te atea a tatou kaiga
    tatou nuku ko tenei
    aganuku a tatou kaiga

    The rough rumble of the sea
    This beautiful sea
    Excites me

    I’m sailing across the ocean
    On the shining ocean
    My canoe is flying across it
    Carried by these high winds

    Such a clear ocean
    Such a smooth ocean

    This is our realm
    This kingdom belongs to us
    The traditions the culture
    Belongs to us

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:02 Story Lyrics
    Na ko koe

    NA KOE KOE (It's only you)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i & Sulata Foai-Amiatu, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Gulugulu o te tai
    Ea koe te taleni
    Ma te potopotoga
    Taofi te valea
    Pula ou mata
    Ke kitea

    Ea koe te malohi
    Ma te Potopotoga
    Fakalahi te aloha
    Te fealofani
    Ke matea

    Na ko koe lava e mafai
    E mahai lava e koe

    Ea koe te olaga
    i tenei lalolagi
    fakalahi te malamalama
    tu hako ki ei
    ke pulea

    It’s your talent
    And your abilities
    Stop playing dumb
    Open your eyes
    And you will see

    Its your strength
    And your abilities
    Increase your respect
    Show it in kindness
    So we can see

    It’s only you that can do it
    It can only be done by you

    It’s your life
    In this world
    Increase your knowingness
    Stand up to it
    Be in control

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

     

     

  • 02:36
    Tolu afe
  • 03:42 Lyrics
    Katakata mai

    KATAKATA MAI (Bring on the smiles)
    Written by - Opetaia Foa'i


    Katakata mai
    Olo taua ki ei
    Manaia o te hiva
    Luelue ma te malie

    Matamata mai
    Tu la taua ki ei
    Fai gali o te hiva
    Luelue ma te malie

    Mimita te hiva
    Luelue fakamalie

    Lua pati
    Tolu pati
    Pati pati
    Ma luelue

    Bring on the smiles
    Lets both go for it
    Dancing beautifully
    Swaying so sweetly

    Bring on the onlookers
    Lets stand and do it
    Dancing beautifully
    Swaying sweetly

    Feel proud of the dance
    Swaying so sweetly

    2 hits
    3 hits
    Clap and sway
       

     © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Well.... you lied

    WELL.... YOU LIED
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    I want to see you go through
    Move into it
    Pull away pull away
    Temptations always looking for more

    Some invitation to lose yourself
    Armed with a needle and gun
    You can bet on it
    Pull away Pull away
    You know you got to break the spell

    It’s always one more for love
    To believe and come along
    What was I thinking of

    You told me once upon a time
    That our love is strong
    We will always go on and never die
    Be my friend ‘til the end
    Well you lied

    Liliu mai ve (turn this way)
    So high above the world
    Only you can see
    Liliu mai ve
    Don’t have what you want
    But I have what you need
    Liliu mai ve
    So high above the world no more and no less
    Liliu mai ve
    You’re going nowhere slowly bleeding to death

    Sympathy you can forget
    Whatever you need to get
    Help you through the Haze
    On your return no regrets
    No words can explain
    When you find yourself again
    Don’t give in to it

     
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:01 Story Lyrics
    Tautaimi

    TAUTAIMI (Your timing)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i & Neil Forrest, Music - Opetaia Foa'i, Manase Foai & Neil Forrest

    Fano koe ki ei
    pehe pehega
    Fiafia ai tatou uma

    Malo te galue
    Te gali ona faiga venei
    Fiafia ai tatou uma
    I te olaga tenei

    Ko tau taimi lava
    tu mai la pehe mai la
    ke ta hiva ki ei
    aue te Malie

    Fakaali mai loto tena

    Matamata au i te fiafia o tatou
    katakata loto i fafia o tatou
    kua maua te lelei
    ko tau taimi tena

    Te leo te manaia te faiga
    tokehe te taofi tena
    fakaali mai loto tena

    Fakahakahaka mai koe
    fakaluelue agaga
    katakata mai koe
    fiafia olaga
    aue ke tena
    ko tau taimi tena

    You go for it
    Sing and play it
    This makes us happy

    Great work
    Beautiful
    When it’s like this
    We are feeling good
    This is life

    It’s your own timing
    Stand up and sing it
    Make us all dance
    Oh it’s so sweet

    Show what’s in your heart

    See how great we feel
    Our hearts are smiling
    We have found it
    It’s your own timing

    The sounds that’s how it’s done
    Remove all the stops
    Show us what’s in your heart

    Come on let’s dance
    Let your soul sway
    I see your smile
    Oh that’s it
    It’s your own timing

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:50 Lyrics
    Haoloto

    HAOLOTO (Free)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    Te hakiliiga o te haoloto
    e mafai koe ke nofonofo
    tokatahi te auala
    taua mo tatou olaga

    Fehiliiga o te mafaufau
    pe mafai ke mau he tautahi
    tatou he vaega
    kaiga o te lalolagi

    E toe foki mai
    na gali na fai e koe
    e toe foki mai
    agahala na gaoioi
    fakatu aloha
    te agaga haoloto tena
    tu mai ke hahaka ki ei

    Tu mai hihiva mai pepehe malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita
    te hihiva o te haoloto

    Tu mai pepehe mai hihiva malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita te
    hihiva o te haoloto

    The search for freedom
    From where you are
    There is one way
    Most valued by us all

    There’s much Soul searching
    Though we try to go to it alone
    We all belong
    To a bigger family
    Of the world

    It will return
    All the good that you do
    It will return
    All the bad that you do
    Stand with love
    That’s where real freedom is
    Stand up and move

    Stand up to dance and sing
    The warm winds comforting
    Dance freely with pride
    That’s the feeling
    When you are free

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:48 Story Lyrics
    Toe fetaui

    TOE FETAUI (Till we meet again)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Te fanoanoa
    tau te Malaga
    kau toku loto
    toku loimata
    oku manakoga
    toe fetaui taua
    tali au kae fakatofa
    Kia Koe

    O le fanoanoa
    tau le Malaga
    a’au lo’u loto
    i o’u loimata
    o’u mana’oga
    toe fetaui taua
    tali au ae fa’atofa
    ia Oe

    Much sadness
    the end of a journey
    my heart is drowning
    in my own tears
    my only wish
    that we meet again
    so I will stay
    and bid farewell
    To You

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 01:35 Lyrics
    Talanoa te pate

    TALANOA TE PATE (A conversation with log drums)
    Composed by Matatia Foai

  • 04:03 Lyrics
    Mana malohi

    MANA MALOHI (Supernatural Forces)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    Te manaia leo mai anamua
    Maua ai te poto ma te fiafia
    Tenei tenei te leo o kaiga

    Fakalogo ina uiga o leo tena
    Fakaalo te aloha o te vaega
    Tenei tenei te kau kaiga

    Tupuga tenei
    Te puipuiga
    Tupuga tenei
    Te hakiliga
    Tupuga tena
    E tatau fakafiafia

    Hihiva tenei
    Hahaka tena
    Matagi te mimita
    ma te fiafia
    kata mai pehe mai
    fakatahi
    te loto fiafia
    mana malohi

    Te gali o galuega
    Tuku mai te vaega
    te puipuiga
    o te kaiga

    The great voices
    Coming from long ago
    Giving us knowledge
    Making us happy
    These voices of the family

    Listen to understand
    With respect and love
    They are family

    These are the ancestors
    Protecting us
    These are the ancestors
    Always searching
    When satisfied
    They will come to rest

    This dance
    Those moves
    Such a proud feeling
    When we laugh
    And sing together
    With a happy heart
    For these supernatural forces

    All the wonderful work
    done by this group
    for the protection
    of the family

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
....." the key flavours of Te Vaka’s sound continue to coalesce with time; the chants becoming more hummable and the songs impossibly more rhythmic. Haoloto means Free and sets the tone of joyous release that ironically has captivated their fans who will fall in love all over again with fresh tracks like Tauasa, Te Mavaega and Tui Moana. New ears could hope for no better a time to experience Te Vaka’s South Pacific fusion. "........
Cal Koat Worldbeat Canada

…”Haoloto (Free) follows the established pattern of Te Vaka’s other five releases, but the sound here is fuller, the log drumming is more urgent, the female voices are more assured and Foa’i’s songwriting is in top form”… Songlines Magazine UK

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