Oli Mahalo

Composed by: Kehau Smith and Malia Nobriga

Oli Mahalo
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ʻU hola ʻia ka maka loa la

Pūʻai ke aloha la

Kūkaʻi ʻia ka Hāloa la


Pā wehi mai nā lehua

Mai ka hoʻokuʻi a ka hālāwai la


Mahalo, e nā akua

Mahalo, e nā kūpuna la ea

Mahalo, me ke aloha la

Mahalo, me ke aloha la

To spread forth, open up the most fine quality mat

Exchange/share as potluck or aloha

Exchange as greetings (between man and wife and descendants)

To adorn with the lehua flower

From East to West; sunrise to sunset, we are discoverers, navigators, take care of our ʻāina

We thank our creators

We thank our ancestors

We thank you with love

We thank you with love

BACKGROUND

This oli was composed as a greeting of thanks for hospitality, love, generosity and knowledge that is given to us. It also gives thanks to the beauty of the islands and our people. Hāloa is ever-lasting breath. The kalo plant is considered our ancestor that is cherished and preserved. Makaloa is the finest mat woven. It is considered higher quality that lau hala. The message is that it is important for us to practice being “thankful” every day.