Po’owana

He mele keia no ku’u hoa la 
This song is for my friend
Aia i ka hale mua 
Who is often in the eating house
He hana no’eau i ke kuke ‘ana 
Skillfully he cooks
Kaulana ho’i ‘o ia. 
And is well known for it. 

Kahea mau ‘o ia me ka leo aloha 
He calls often with a loving voice 
Kali ‘ana i ka ho’i me ke ahonui 
Waiting her return with patience,
Ku a’e ka paila o ka waiwai 
And with riches that stand tall
Malama ‘ia i ka lumi. 
Protected in the room. 

Me na maka ‘oi’oi hiki ai 
With sharp eyes he is able to 
Ke ‘ike pono i ka po’ele’ele
See in the dark of night
Pa’ani mau ana me ka pala’ie 
Playing often the Pala’ie
‘Aue ho’ohala e. 
‘Aue, the ball misses the hoop.