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Hiki Mai

Hiki Mai E Nā Pua

By Kumu Hula, Cy Bridges

Historical Note: This mele kaʻi, or chant, is meant to be used as a hula ka’i or an entrance hula performed at the beginning of a hula program. This chant can also be used as a oli kahea or a chant calling out to people and sharing the message written especially for the “Pioneers in the Pacific Celebration” held here at BYU–Hawaii on October 7-11, 1997.

Hiki mai e nā pua i ka laʻi ē
Ke piʻi aʻela i ka mauna kiʻekiʻe
Haʻa mai nā kama me ka makua
He wehi pūlama aʻo ke kupuna
E kaʻi mai ana, e kaʻi mai ana
E hahai i ka leo o ka Haku ē

Translation

Come forward and appear you precious flowers arising in the calmness of this special day. Each of you are taking up the challenge of not simply climbing a high mountain but you have chosen to climb the highest and most majestic mountain of all. Dance forward you children of your Heavenly Father For is it not so that our children are so very precious, in fact, you are the most precious adornment worn around the neck of your ancestors Come forward, come forward for there are many roads for you to choose. Be sure to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd, for He will always keep you, protect you, and show you the way.