Oceanic Folk - Eke (English translation)
Pongipongi tuʻu te nuanua i sakē
Moʻo teketi mai te fanālua i sakē
E ōmai ai naʻi mātuʻa i sakē
O fehuki pē ko fea ia Lavelua i sakē
Pea tala age leva naua i sakē
E ʻafio i Hahake Lavelua i sakē.
A rainbow appears 1 in the morning - hurrah!
And a herald 2appears - hurrah!
He brings forth the two men3 - hurrah!
Who asks, "where is Lavelua?" 4 - hurrah!
And the matchmaker tells them, - hurrah!
"Lavelua reigns in the east." 5 - hurrah!
- 1. tu'u means "to stand (up)"
- 2. can alternatively mean 'crier' as in a court crier.
- 3. the men are two French missionaries.
- 4. Lavelua is the name of the King at the time.
- 5. Although it literally means 'east', 'hahake' refers to the eastern district of the island.