Haloa Olohega

03:16
Te Vaka
2002
Opetaia Foai

Story

Historically, Olohega, otherwise known as Swains Island is Tokelau's forth Island. It was claimed by the American Eli Jennings in 1856. Currently, attempts are being made to discuss the return of Olohega to the people of Tokelau. Book reference "Tokelau" a historical ethnography. By J Huntsman and A. Hooper

 

Tokelau language

Lyrics

HALOA OLOHEGA (Poor Olohega otherwise known as Swain's Island)
Opetaia Foa'i

Muhumuhu mai te igoa o te motu
Na kave e Ilai i te 1856
Lea mai ko he mea aloha
Mai he tama Igilihi
Kitea e ia tino kai katiga
E he nonofo na tino i ei
Heki totokia ni mea ki latou
E he nonofo na tino i ei


Kamata na talanoaga
Mo Olohega
Fai ai te fakafokiga
Ko Olohega
Olohega Olohega
Haloa Olohega


E lahi mea kino na fai e Ilai
Ko vaka gaoi ko ia na fehoahoani ai
Maua ai ana koloa fakafita lahi te nuku
Maua foki e ia te fenua fa
Ko Olohega


Te talohaga e fai mo te kaiga o Ilai
E lahi mea i anamua
He tatau ona fai
Kae mafai na hui e koutou uma
fai tonu lava te faiga
E tahi lava te fakaikuga
E maua ai te fiafiaga

Whisper to me the name of this land
Taken by Eli in 1856
He said it was a gift
Gifted to him by an Englishman
He saw natives eating coconuts
But they were passing through
They didn’t grow anything
So naturally this wasn’t their home


We need to start the discussions
On Olohega
It will surely lead to the return
of Olohega
Olohega Olohega
Poor Olohega


Among the crimes committed by Eli
The slavers and slaveship he did help
Gaining treasures while people suffered
Also gaining their fourth Island
Called Olohega

A request for the family of Eli 
Many wrongs were made long ago 
That will never go away 
But you can change some of that 
By doing what is right 
There is only one conclusion 
That will satisfy everyone

 

   

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