Hokule`a Hula - by Carlos Andrade
Outbound to Tongatapu,
Aotearoa, good bye
Leaving on the southwest wind,
Hokule`a spread your wings and fly.
Ancient Polynesian pathways
Carry us home again
Sail on and on and on
'Till the journey's end.

Follow the stars at night
High in the southern sky
Into the night while Orion dies
Southern Cross spinning slowly
Aroha nui, goodbye
Auwe Hokule`a, te vahine o ke kai.
Auwe, Auwe
Auwe Hokule`a, te vahine o ke kai.

Sail at night for Ha`apai,
Nukualofa goodbye
Through the reefs, the shoals, the islands
Fangatua to lead us with your eyes
Await the wind, Pangai, Lifuka
Into Vava`u at night
Sail on and on and on
'Till the morning light.

Matangi, Tonga to Samoa,
Neiafu good-bye
The wind's blowin', there's no stars showin'
Nainoa's navigating, hold on tight.
Raise the island Tutuila
Pago Pago's in sight
Sail on and on and on
Like a bird in flight.

Ha`ina mai ka puana;
So the story is told
Hokule`a sails the ocean highways
With the family both young and old.
Aotearoa, Tongatapu
And now Samoa have passed.
Sail on and on and on
'Till Hawai`i at last

Source: Carlos Andrade -
Chorus, stanza 3, Ke-Ali`i-o-Kona-i-ka-Lewa is the Hawaiian name of the star Canopus. Stanza 6 - Aroha is the (New Zealand) Maori word that celebrated the Hokule`a crew's stay at New Zealand prior to sailing on to Tonga and Samoa. Verse 2, stanza 4 - Fangatua is the Tongan navigator who piloted the Hokule`a through the Tongan archipelago. Verse 3, stanza 1 - Matangi (Hawaiian word is makani, Samoan word is matagi) Matagi Tonga is the south wind that blew Hokule`a north to Samoa from Neiafu, the area in Vava`u where the Hokule`a anchored while waiting for the right wind conditions to complete the leg to Samoa. Verse 4, stanza 5 - Tongatapu is the capitol island of the Tongan nation.