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Chant Name:
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Ke Ao Nani (The beautiful world)

First Line :
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I luna la i luna

Content Categories :
Ali`i (chiefs, chiefesses)
Aloha (love)
Holoholona (animals)
Mo`olelo (legends and myths)
Nä Akua (gods and goddesses)
Pä`ani (games, pastimes, sport)
Pele `Ohana (volcano goddess and family)
Wahi Pana (legendary places)

Chant Text (Hawaiian): Chant Text (English):
I luna la i luna
Nä manu o ka lewa

I lalo la i lalo
Nä pua o ka honua

I uka la i uka
Nä ulu lä`au

I kai la i kai
Na i`a o ka moana

Ha`ina mai ka puana
A he nani ke ao nei

He inoa no kamali`i
Up above, above
Birds of the heavens

Below, below
Flowers of the earth

In the mountains, mountains
The forests

In the sea, the sea
Fishes of the ocean

Tell the refrain
Of the beautiful world

In the name of children

Source of Chant & Translation:
Nona Beamer Collection

Published Research Sources: 

Nä Mele Hula volume 1 (Beamer)
- Pages 12-13 give background on composer Mary Kawena Puku`i. Beamer notes how she teaches this chant as a Hula Noho Ho`okani, a seated dance using 5 different implements.

Additional Notes :
The publication "The Echo of Our Song" lists this chant on page 192 under the name "E `Ike Mai." It notes, among other things, how the chant is traditional in theme and structure and how it is taught to children throughout Hawai`i. Of interest in the footnotes: It was composed in the early 1930's by Mary Kawena Puku`i and her mother Pa`ana Wiggin while Mrs. Puku`i was teaching at Punahou School in Honolulu.

The publication "Nä Mele o Hawai`i Nei: 101 Hawaiian Songs" includes this chant on page 65. The authors of this book are Noelani Mähoe and Samuel Elbert, and it was published by the University of Hawai`i Press.

Background on Chant :
This chant celebrates nature and our relationship to it. It was written by beloved Hawaiian scholar Mary Kawena Puku`i.

Please see the "Published Sources" section above and "Additional Notes" for greater detail on where to find documented research on this chant.


Related Hula Types
Hula `Ili`ili (Dance with water-worn pebbles)

Related Implements/Instruments
`Ili`ili (Water-worn pebbles)

Related Küpuna
Beamer, Nona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha

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