1. There is a chant that is said to have been sung by the Hawai’ian goddess Hi’iaka, the goddess of hula, asking permission to cross a river belonging to a river spirit on the mountain Wai’ale’ale. The river spirit, not realizing it was Hi’iaka, refused to respond to the plea… so Hi’iaka pretty much went, well fine, screw you then, and crossed anyway. The chant (Oli Kahea) is sung nowadays to ask permission to enter a sacred place (or a hula school).

    Kunihi ka mauna i ka la’i -e… Steep stands the mountain in the calm
    'O Wai'ale'ale la i Wailua… Mt. Wai'ale'ale (there) as seen from Wailua
    Huki a’ela i ka lani… Pulled up into the heavens (is)
    Ka papa ‘auwai o Kawaikini… The water-channelled plateau of Kawaikini
    'Alai 'ia 'a ela e Nounou… Obstructed by Nounou (hill)
    Nalo ka Ipuha’a… Concealed is Ipuha’a
    Ka laula mauka o Kapa’a -e… (in) the uplands of Kapa’a
    Mai pa’a i ka leo… Do not withhold your reply
    He ‘ole kahea mai -e… No chant comes forth, ah

     
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