Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Opae E Lyrics, Song, MP3

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`Ôpae ê, `Ôpae ho`i
Shrimp, Shrimp return
Ua hele mai au, ua hele mai au
I am coming hither, I am coming hither
Na Kuahine*
For Sister

Hui: / Chorus:
Aia wai, aia puhi
There’s water, there’s eel
Nui `o Puhi a li`i li`i au
Big (is) Eel and little (is) me
A`ole loa
Absolutely not
Pûpû ê, Pûpû ho`i
Shellfish, Shellfish return
Ua hele mai au, ua hele mai au
I am coming hither, I am coming hither
Na Kuahine
For Sister
(E hana hou i ka hui)

(Repeat chorus)
Kûpe`e ê, Kûpe`e ho’i
Sea snail, Sea snail return
Ua hele mai au, ua hele mai au
I am coming hither, I am coming hither
Na Kuahine
For Sister
‘Opihi ê, ‘Opihi ho’i
Limpet, Limpet return
Ua hele mai au, ua hele mai au
I am coming hither, I am coming hither
Na Kuahine
For Sister
Mai maka’u, na’u e pani
(I’m) Not afraid, for me to block/cover
I ka maka a `ike `ole
The eyes ( of the puhi so he) cannot see
Kêlâ puhi
That eel
*kuahine = sister of a brother, pronunciation of “k”
Can vary from a k-sound to a t-sound

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