ISLAND STYLE - ʻOIWI E
ISLAND STYLE LYRICS
Chorus: On the island, we do it island style
From the mountain to the ocean from the windward to the leeward side (2x)
Mama's in the kitchen cookinʻ dinner real nice
Beef stew on the stove, lomi salmon with the ice
We eat and drink and we sing all day
Kanikapila in the old Hawaiian way
We go grandma's house on the weekend clean yard
If we no go, grandma gotta work hard
You know my grandma, she like the poi real sour
I love my grandma every minute, every hour
‘ŌIWI Ē LYRICS
‘Ōiwi e (‘Ōiwi e) Native sons and daughters
(E) kāhea (ana) e nā ‘iwi e Calling all native born
Ua ‘ike mai nei (Ua ‘ike mai nei) Seen here (We know well)
(i) ku‘u one hānau e the land of my birth
Eia mai la (Eia mai) Here they are (Here they come)
Nā kupa‘āina o Hawai‘i nei The native born of Hawai‘i
Kāko‘o mai nei (Kāko‘o mai nei) Lending support here
Kūpa‘a lōkahi e Standing firm in unity
“E kikilo e nā iwi!” Look far, o you descendants
Kikilo e nā iwi, e nā mamo e Look far, o descendants, o children
Nā kini makamaka e All you supporting multitudes
“E kūpaʻa ke kānaka” Stand firm people,
Kūpa‘a ke kānaka Stand firm Hawaiian
hanohano ha‘aheo e glorious and proud,
Kū ke kānaka (Kūpa‘a ke kānaka), Stand firm Hawaiian
hanohano ha‘aheo e glorious and proud
Kahi lua kolu ha - Kia Ora Hi!
ABOUT THIS VIDEO
Mana Maoli & Playing for Change present “Island Style - ʻOiwi E” featuring Hawaii’s top ʻMana Mele Collectiveʻ artists across many genres and 1,000 Hawaiian Charter School youth in one epic video, recorded live across 15 locations. This medley was produced to honor 2 families, and raise awareness and support for the Mana Mele Project, where youth learn their ABCʻs - Academics, Business & Culture, through music, engineering, and video production.
ABOUT THE SONGS
“Island Style” is dedicated to the Cruz ʻohana, who lost their oldest brother Ernie Cruz, Jr and their youngest brother Guy Cruz, 2 days apart, just months after losing their father, Ernie Cruz Sr. Many would agree that no other ʻohana has contributed to and influenced Hawaiiʻs music scene more in recent decades, than this ʻohana that serves as role models for unconditional love, positivity, intelligence, passion and perseverance.
“Ōiwi Ē” is dedicated to Kumu John Keolamakaʻāinana Lake, who composed Hawaiian lyrics to this Maori melody. Kumu Lake was a beloved teacher and leader of the modern Hawaiian Renaissance, educating thousands from all walks of life in Hawaiian language, hula and chant. ʻŌiwi E celebrates the ties between Hawaiians and their lands, and with their Maori cousins. It has since become an anthem of Hawaiian pride among many youth in the Hawaiian Immersion and Charter Schools.
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