Uluhina

03:25
Te Vaka
2004
Opetaia Foai

Lyrics

ULUHINA (The elders)
Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

ou manako ke kitea uma
ke fetaui katoa uma
tatou nei
e muamua te alofa ki luga
maua ai te maopoopoga
ko tatou nei

tu mai la ke aloalo fakatahi e
heai he lotoa
fakaha ko he ma
tu mai siva mai ke malie
ke malie

luelue ake mama
lue lue mai ve papa
e papa e mama
tumau ki te fafia

ko hiva mo uluhina
ko hina hiva vena
katakata ma te fiafia
ko hiva mo uluhina
ko hina hiva vena
malie ma te makeke

e fakatalanoaga tatou uma
ki tua ma taimi ki mua
ke lelei tatou ki ei

mothers voice your thoughts
fathers raise up your voices
respectfully we listen
to our uluhina

I have a wish
for us all
to gather together
to be united

we will first acknowledge
love from above
to the one that brought
us together today

then celebrate
stand and row together
in the dance
we break down
the barriers between us
no need for shyness
as we dance ever so sweetly

sway this way mama
sway that way papa
e papa e mama
looking steady
looking proud

a dance of the uluhina
uluhinas dance like that
the laughter the joy
this dance of the uluhina
see uluhinas dance
so sweetly so steady

we will tell our many stories
stories of the past
and of the future
it’s our way to share
to satisfy us all

   


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