A wilderness, where no man lives, a desert there.He wï makani ke hoa ke ‘ü nei, A howling wind its companion, sighing,‘Auhea lehua nä moni wai o uka? Where are you, lehua, water-drinking blossoms of the uplands?Kü mai a ‘alo i nëia kuänea. Come forward and triumph over this lonely desolation.He alo a he alo ‘o Panoa me Wailani. Encountering each other, face to face are Panoa and Wailani.Kulukulu iho ho‘opulu mino‘aka. Now moisture drips, dampening a smile.Leo ‘oli‘oli, ua ao nä hoa känaka. A cry of joy as humankind is enlightened.He mauli hiwa ia a mau loa. A sacred spirit of life to endure forever.Peter’s second tune was a bit quirky. A friend’s story about seeing a UFOcame to mind, and I composed the words for the song, “UFO.” Peter urged me to say something in Hawaiian between the verses. The words developed into an informal discourse between myself and Bobby Hall, one of Peter’s musicians and a former Hawaiian-language student of mine at UH–Mänoa. Of course, like the spoken words to the song “Kaulana Nä Pua,” the exchange had to fit the musical accompaniment.
26HÜLILI Vol. 10 (2016)UFO[dialogue]Mana‘o paha käkou ‘o käkou wale nö i këia ao äkea. Perhaps we may think that we’re the only human inhabitants in this whole wide universe.Ua ana ‘ia ka papakü o ke kai hohonu. We’ve surveyed and charted the bottom of the ocean.A he mea ‘ole ho‘i ka loa i ka mähina. And the distance out to the moon is nothing.Pehea na‘e ke ao o ka lewa, kahi o ka UFO? But how about the outer space, the place of the UFO?[song]I ke kau ka‘a a hele holoholo ë, While riding in the car, traveling along,‘Ike mäua i ke kupanaha ë. Both of us saw this extraordinary sight.He aha lä ia mea e lele ‘oa‘oaka nei? What could this thing be, flashing brightly, flying above us?A kuhi aku kuhi mai he UFO! And we turned to each other and guessed, It’s a UFO![dialogue]Inä paha ua mana‘o mai ‘oe he pūlapu wale kēia, If you think that maybe I’m just bluffing,E nïnau i ka po‘e i ‘ike a me nä kilo hökü. Ask the people who saw, and the astrologers.
27KIMURA | KE KANI A KE AU MAULI HAWAI‘I HOUPehea, ua pololei këia mea ‘o ka UFO? How about it, is this phenomenon called UFO for real?A he pane mai nö, pëlä ho‘i, he UFO! And you’ll get your answer, there really are UFOs![song]Ka‘alewa mai hïlala kapakahi ë, There it goes revolving, tilting sideways,Me he moku pälaha lä kïkaha i ka lani, Like a flat island, gliding in the sky,Kau pono lä i luna a kauaheahe mai. Coming right overhead and hovering.Piliwi ‘ole a piliwi mai he UFO! Believe it or not, it is a UFO!I never gave Peter words to set to music. It was always the other way around: he had the music first. I learned certain conditions early on about setting words to someone’s else’s tune. The music is imbued with a mood or a spirit, and the words created for it should both complement that feeling and fit within the parameters of the notes. Peter gave me a melody for his 1989album Full Moon