Hea la koe iei

05:09
Te Vaka
1999
Opetaia Foai

Story

This song is inspired by those working at the 531PI Pacific Island radio station in New Zealand. After announcing the signing of the worldwide distribution deal for the first Te Vaka album, Amosa Nemia, proudly introduced a song off the album by saying "hea la koe iei" which means "take that".

 

Tokelau language

Lyrics

HEA LA KOE IEI (Take that)
Opetaia Foa'i

faitala au i te po
iluga o te letio
fano ake fakaali te tala nei
taku tala manumalo tenei

te lalolagi e kalaga mai
kikila mai ki ta tou nei
Tokelau ka hoholo halalau koe
tou igoa e manogi mai
ve he sei

Matini hauni na pehe nei
Fale lau mai na tala fou
fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
fai mai Amosa se tala nei
taku lava mo Tokelau venei
Tokelau venei
(lea mai la Amosa)
Hea la koe iei

e Peni sauni na pehe nei
Neta lau mai na tala fou
fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
fai mai Ioane se tala nei
taku lava mo Tokelau venei
Tokelau venei
(lea mai la Ioane)
Hea la koe iei

Matini hauni na pehe nei
ufiata lau mai na tala fou
fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
fai mai Foa’i se tala nei
taku lava mo Tokelau venei
Tokelau venei
(lea mai la Foa’i)
Hea la koe iei

Talking last night
On the radio
Letting the people know
My story, about our win

The world is calling
Looking at us
Tokelau is being announced
Your name smells sweet
Like the Sei (flower)

Martini prepares the song
Fale tells the news
Listen to the stories
being told (by Amosa)
Just for Tokelau
Just for Tokelau
And Amosa says ..
“Take that”

Peni prepare the songs
Neta tell the news
Listen to the stories
being told (by Ioane)
Just for Tokelau
Just for Tokelau
and Ioane says
“Take that”

Matini prepare the songs
Ufiata tell the news
Listen to the stories
being told (by Foai)
Just for Tokelau
Just for Tokelau
and Foai says
“Take that”

   

© Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i