JIMBO, Shigeru next planning Visual Image, Hawaiian Culture and Music

Peʻahi O Makana

lyrics by Devon Kamealoha Forest

music by Shawn Pimental and Lehua Kalima


Meha ke ahi lele o Makana

Kū ana i ke ʻala o ka peʻahi

Me he ahi lā e lapa mai ana

Ka ʻikea o ka mea aloha

Ka ʻikea o ka mea aloha


ʻAuhea ʻoe e ka makani Koʻolau

Ke hali maila i ke ahi a ka ipo

ʻApo ʻia a paʻa, hoʻopili i ka ʻili

Ke kukuni wela a ke aloha

Ke kukuni wela a ke aloha


Pō iho ke ao i Hāʻena kai

I ka nihi pā mai o ka ʻehu

He wai kolo, he wai lani

E ola ai ko uka wao nahele

E ola ai ko uka wao nahele




Peʻahi o Makana is a mele that shows love and relationships from two different perspectives. Makana is a mountain in Hāʻena Kauaʻi where the firebrands (ʻōahi) are thrown. Lovers would catch the brands and burn themselves to prove their love, this and the resulting scar was called ipo-ahi. This mele plays upon this practice and the heat of love and passion. The Koʻolauwahine wind is of this area, likened to a woman who brings this fire, this passion to their beloved. Heavenly waters nurture and bring life and love, it is this nurturing that will cause a relationship to thrive like the uplands.






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