Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel - Hawai'i '78 Lyrics




Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono o Hawai'i
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono o Hawai'i

[English translation:
"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"]


If just for a day our king and queen
Would visit all these islands and saw everything
How would they feel about the changes of our land

Could you just imagine if they were around
And saw highways on their sacred grounds
How would they feel about this modern city life

Tears would come from each other's eyes
As they would start to realize
That our people are in great great danger now
How would they feel would their smiles be content then cry

Cry for the gods cry for the people
Cry for the land that was taken away
And then yet you'll find Hawai'i

Could you just imagine if they came back
And saw traffic lights and railroad tracks
How would they feel about this modern city life

Tears would come from each other's eyes
As they would start to realize
That our land is in great great danger now

All the fighting that the king had done
To conquer all these islands now there's condominiums
How would he feel if he saw Hawai'i nei
How would he feel would he smile be content then cry

Cry for the gods cry for the people
Cry for the land that was taken away
And then yet you'll find Hawai'i

Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono o Hawai'i
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono o Hawai'i





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Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel Hawai'i '78 Comments
  1. Renato Fernandes

    Muita paz e luz

  2. Maru SC

    Greeting from big island of borneo. This is not just a song, its about what happen in Hawai'i and same happen to my island. Rest in peace bro IZ. You bring my spirit up to my island. Thank you IZ.

  3. Hilal Mustafazadə

    So sad music, R.I.P Big Heart man Israel. Hello from Baku 😢

  4. Sandro Antunes

    Com essa música, viajamos, sem sair do lugar....incrível!!!

  5. Joan Durham

    I had the honor of living on Oahu in 1957, 58, 59 when I was a child. This was before it was a State. We left in late May 1959 which is when Iz was born. As I was going he was coming. I feel so connected to him. This haunting song is amazingly powerful. We miss you Brother. 😥 Bless you for your legacy of music. 💕💕💕

  6. funkmasterj07

    BJ Penn

    Craige Laberge

    Legend #Respect Warriors

  7. Zach Scallate

    Todd Chesser brought me here.

  8. OtakuMage

    I was just introduced to this song by my Hawai'i native girlfriend. And it has brought some surprising emotions to the surface.

    The "United States of America" decisively ran over numerous First Nations in its drive to expand its influence. As sad as it is to say, Hawai'i got off lightly compared to some on the continent. Driven from all their ancestral lands, forced to change religion upon penalty of death, and more. As the child of those who reaps the benefit of these changes, I am sickened and saddened at what happened. The tears of one man cannot change what has been done, yet I must say this.

    I am sorry. From the bottom of my heart, I wish things could have been different. I am sorry.

    BanzaiKen

    Good for you bruddah. Shes got a good one! Make her introduce you to our food. You'll live 10 extra years. I'm not even kidding.

  9. Union Studios

    IZ LIVES !

  10. Israel Adoba

    Wow. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    I'd visit Hawaii soon, just to bask in the glory of its beauty.

  11. Juana Romero Ibarra

    Inspirador!!!! Un alma iluminada!!!!

  12. Dj Bruxa

    amo muito. ❤

  13. anonyme78 neverland

    kaede surz tes emfamts ? assroon ? domme som jourz kasseurz de mnoules frites

  14. anonyme78 neverland

    pourquoi il parle en blue zorro
    titamic

  15. John Minasian

    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole so dreamy so serene I Love You IZ RIP (Love)

  16. Fernie Jackson

    God bless Hawaii and the hawaian people. Stay strong!

  17. Dominique Soria

    magnifique...

  18. James Barrett

    He'll always be..The Voice of the Islands..Won't he...

  19. BRD

    The Islands belong to the people!

  20. MrPARKBRAU

    Aloha...I hope to fine a way to give Hawaii back to to the time before the white man fked it all up.
    I have tasted the spirit of Hawaii, and want to spread the Aloha Spirit to whats lest of this world. Aloha

  21. Truman Green

    one of his best....

  22. rastaewabeach

    Get one stupid transit tracks now too. smh

  23. Ken C

    lyrics for IZ's "Hawai'i '78"

    Ua mau, ke ea o ka aina, i ka pono, o Hawai'i
    Ua mau, ke ea o ka aina, i ka pono, o Hawai'i

    (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness)

    If just for a day our king and queen
    Would visit all these islands and saw everything
    How would they feel about the changes of our land

    Could you just imagine if they were around
    And saw highways on their sacred grounds
    How would they feel about this modern city life

    Tears would come from each others eyes
    As they would stop to realize
    That our people are in great great danger now
    How, would they feel, could their smiles be content, then cry

    [Chorus:]

    Cry for the gods, cry for the people
    Cry for the land that was taken away
    And then yet you'll find, Hawai'i

    Could you just imagine they came back
    And saw traffic lights and railroad tracks
    How would they feel about this modern city life

    Tears would come from each others eyes
    As they would stop to realize
    That our land is in great great danger now

    All the fighting that the king had done
    To conquer all these islands now these condominiums
    How would he feel if he saw Hawai'i nei
    How, would he feel, would his smile be content, then cry

    [Chorus]

    Ua mau, ke ea o ka aina, i ka pono, o Hawai'i
    Ua mau, ke ea o ka aina, i ka pono, o Hawai'i

  24. Trevor Thompson

    Such a beautiful song to hear on our honeymoon in maui

  25. COMMAZ _CHECKZ

    who's watching in 2017

    InquisitorEkim

    Ricardo Comas Yo

    mythosflight

    2018 now. Still beautiful

  26. Diego Crusius

    this guy is wonderful and there are lots of songs of him on youtube. rip

  27. Steven Elms

    would love to see the hawaiians be given one of the main islands to return to their ancestral way of life and preserve native tongue and culture. Rest in peace Brudda Iz.

    Skyler Brown

    Steven Elms Niihau is technically being used as that, the natives still mostly live like they did in the past in fact the entire island is off limits to everyone except for the Niihau people and the Robinson family who owns it and strives to protect it

    Isaiah Dancy

    give em all back

  28. Bryce Hove

    I heard this song in 2005 while staying the the Marriott at Ko olina. Everyday the hotel would play the song in the afternoon. I always though it had a beautiful melody and was such a fitting song for Hawai'i It took me ten years to find the song again, it makes me tear up every time I play it now. It's like an old friend that I have rediscovered.

    Ken C

    yet, this beautiful song is a complaint about Condos and Hotels (such as with the Marriott) saturated on IZ's island of Hawaii

    Diane Alexander

    Yes, I am crying now listening again...we were flying to Kauai the first time we heard his song. Then we took a boat ride around the Napali Coast and they played this same song and again I cried...we all have IZ's CD...we love his music and songs.

    deez nuts

    And yet these are the exact kind of people who are responsable for destroying hawaii, but hey they love the music so that makes them forgivable....?....cockroaches

  29. Tony Browne

    Just returned from Hawaii, this song haunted our trip, no guilt, just haunting. Time does not stand still i'm afraid. God Bless.

  30. AMP Wolfbane

    Hawaii belongs to the Hawaiians not the damned government. Fuck the government.

    Tammy Blair

    We have all had our land taken by the damned government.

    Breezy8o8

    You guys realize... Hawaii voted into the US gov in 1959 right? meaning even after the fall of the monarchy they didn't simply dominate and forced change. People actually VOTED into the US, we're the 50th state.

    Tricky Dick

    No Tammy, you were the invaders

  31. ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM

    this song kills me....very sad

  32. manon2011knie

    PURE MERVEILLE !!!

  33. Gretchen Muller

    I haven't listened to this song since I was a little kid. Now that I understand the message, I teared up a little

  34. Gameigs

    <3 i love iz

  35. Grace Seifert

    Amazing, beautiful song, but it's kind of sad.

  36. Frankincensed

    This guy was a genius. A gentle giant with a silken voice and brimming heart. Peace big brother.

    BRD

    well said!

  37. Martha Cecilia Londoño

    exquisito: gracias a la emisora remigio antonio cañarte por mostrárnoslo hoy: gracias luz mery bermúdez: hermosa música, grACIAS

  38. Kaiwi Pau

    i write um how i say um

  39. Aaron Becerra

    Does writing pidgon come naturally to you or do you have to work at it. I must know.

  40. ARCHAIC SYMBOLISM

    I don't know how many times I've cried to this song...It's time that Mother Earth cleaned up this world and freed those of true heart. The madmen that run this world have no honor or respect for Her children and Her beauty

    BRD

    very well said!

  41. Madyocre

    @kaiwipau808 i could just tell you were from hawaii when i saw your name. i am too, and iz make me even more proud to be from hawaii.

  42. Gianni Amari

    @SmileCavy86 Yeah but we have computers now so I'm not complaining

  43. Kaiwi Pau

    if da great kings and queens saw this they would not be please. haoles go ova da limit they tink evryting is theres. das why america get conflict wit eerybody. not good

  44. southozgirl

    Iz had such an amazing voice, such a spiritual soul, we miss you but thank goodness through recordings we still hear your beautiful haunting voice. Mahalo nui loa

  45. Kitty Kelly

    He's great and his songs are soul-piercing

  46. Teri Stevenson

    haunting..... love your spirit, Iz....

  47. Helena James

    This touches my heart in so many ways.

  48. loveshackartandphoto

    I cannot escape the flood of memories,when I hear Hawaii 78.I am reminded of my departed best friend.I was given this album by another friend.It's this song,that I just played over and over.Thank you so much for helping me Bradda Iz.We miss you.

  49. itsmissvsworld

    Beautiful..

  50. UnicornHunter

    Amazing. Made me cry!

  51. purespirit9

    Very nice song