A New Hevn pt 1 in Hawaiian (hopefully)

By JulesKD

Now with 130% more tedious notes!


I am by no means anywhere near fluent in Hawaiian, and it's been a long time since I've had to speak it or pay attention to the patterns. So please, anyone with any knowledge on this beautiful language, please feel free to correct me! (Bear in mind I am prone to making ridiculous mistakes. Once I tried to tell my Hawaiian teacher "You are very patient" and what I said instead was, "You have huge genitals." True story. I need all the help I can get.)


 


I'm choosing specific words and phrases here based on my interpretation of this. Hawaiian is a highly interpretive language – not just a copy of English, but a model of its culture. Words have a different feel in Hawaiian than they do here. They have hidden meanings, called "kauna." This kauna is part of what makes Hawaiian poetry so intensely beautiful, and so nearly impossible to master.


 


Possessives are of two classes in Hawaiian: the A-class, which is what you choose to have (children, cars, things,) and the O-class, what you have by default (life, parents, bodies, emotions.) So I tried to put some of that in here.


 


This is a very rough draft! Feedback/corrections from people with better understanding of Hawaiian, (na 'oiwi!) and also from Wirrow and Metaphorest, is much much much appreciated. (Since I'm basing the translation on my interpretation, and of course, your intent might be different.)


 


Eventually--if you all think this is okay, pono, acceptable--I will finish this, clean it up, take out the notes, and re-record it. Then I'd love to chant it, pa'i, and maybe even choreograph some kind of superlong hula, OMG. How exhausting. ^_^


 


ME KE HA'AHA'A.


* * *


 


somewhere... live two stories


one of hevn, one of urth,


who awake to find they’re hugging


with no knowledge of their birth.


Ma kekahi wahi... e ola mo'olelo lua


'O Lani, 'o Honua,


ho'ala laua, pili koke


ko laua hanau nalowale




 this embrace invokes a balance


the two stories have come one.


no more fear and no desire


nothing done to be undone. 


 


Ia pili ho'okaulike,


Ua ho'okahi na mo'olelo lua


A'ole maka'u, a'ole 'ano'i


A'ohe hana 'ia, a'ohe mawehi





but suddenly there is an urge


that shakes their tranquil state.


hungering to understand


and thirsting to create,


 


Honua, aia he makemake


ho'oluli he malie.


Makemake ho'omaopopo,


makemake ho'okumu




hevn, out of nowhere


tells a story of its own


and urth, beguiled by newness


acts this story out alone.




'O Lani, mai ka wahi'ole mai no


ha'i kana mo'olelo


malihini ia mo'olelo,


ho'okapehe 'o Honua


ho'okeaka ia mo'olelo ho'okahi


 


so with a song and dance 


a tiny story came to be


a star that lit their eyes up


and enabled them to see.


 


Me he mele, me he ha'a


aia he mo'olelo pokole


Ua ho'omalamalama ka hoku i ko laua maka


Konale laua


 


with this new light both hope and fear 


filled up their hearts with warning


this newborn tale was not alone


still many more were calling.


 


Me ia malamalama malihini,


Ua ho'opiha ia poli


me ke mana'olana, ka maka'u.



A'ole ho'okahi ia mo'olelo


He mau ia ha'i 'ana!





stories grew and blossomed then


sung in by hevn’s choirs.


they formed their shape aloft in space,


took life from urthly fires.


 


Ua mohala ia mo'olelo


Ua mele ka Lani papa himeni


Ua ho'okino ia i lewa luna lilo,


Ua lawe ia he ola o ko Honua mau ahi





but stories are not set in stone


their shapes are always shifting.


suns lit up like fireworks


and mountain tops were lifting.


 


Aka, a'ole kalai i pohaku, ia mo'olelo


He mau kinilao kinolau


Na la ho'omalamalama like na ahikou 


Ua hapai na kualono


 


meadows stretched and liquefied


and poured into the ocean,


whose waves formed winged beasts that


leapt and fluttered into motion.


 


Ua ho'ohehe'e na kula mau'u


hanini i ke kai 


Ua ho'okino lele na nalu


I laila, ka'apeha ia


 


colours grew out of the ground


and spread into the sky


a watercolour world with rainbows


fifty stories high


 


Ua ulu mai ka lepo na waiho'olu'u (


'apakau 'ana i ka lani


he honua waiho'ohui


na anuenue he ki'eki'e o kanalima papahele


 


great rocks rose to meet the stars


wishing a better view


the highest peaks were dusted white


each day, pristine and new


Ua pi'i mai na hoku he mau pohaku nui


no he 'ikena maika'i


Ho'okea na kualono


'ano hou, ia la a'e


 


for everything a perfect place


a den, a hut, a hive


soon every thing the eye could see


came suddenly alive


 


No na mea apau, he wahi hemolele


he ke'ena, he hale, he pahu


Honua, ua 'inana na mea apau!


 


with roots and shoots, with wings and feet


in flocks, in packs and swarms


a wondrous festival of life


of stories taking form


Me na a'a, na 'ao, me na 'eheu, na wawae


I mau 'auna, mau hui, mumulu 'ana


He ho'olaule'a kamaha'o o ke ola


o ia mo'olelo ho'okino


* * *


That's it for part one so far. Any corrections (esp. from na 'oiwi,) are gratefully and humbly accepted.


 

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A New Hevn pt 1 in Hawaiian (hopefully)

Created: May 07, 2011

Tags: hawaiian, a new hevn, wirrow creation myth metaphorest

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