wednesday interlude

Ready for a break?

Then sip your coffee or tea, and lean back in your chair.

This lovely song, written and performed by Keali’i Reichel, makes me long for Hawai’i, and will transport you to a calm and peaceful place.  Hold on to that good feeling for the rest of the day.

Here are the lyrics:

E O Mai
by Keali’i Reichel

Kâua i ka wai
Wai olohia o Kahualoa
Kokôhi i ka wai puhia
E ku`u aloha, e ô mai

Kaomi i ka wai
Wai mâpuna hâ`ale i ka poli
Pahe`e i ka wai lohia
E ku`u aloha, e ô mai

Puhemo i ka wai
Wai welawela hô`eha i ka ili
E inu i ka wai a kena
E ku`u aloha, e ô mai

English translation:

We two in the water
The sighing waters of Kahualoa
Hold back that driven current
O my love, answer me

Restrain those waters
Surging wellsprings, stirring the heart
Glide on those waters as they sparkle
O my love, acknowledge me

Then, release the torrent
Waters of passion, burning the skin
Indulge until you are satiated
O my beloved, respond to me.

12 thoughts on “wednesday interlude

  1. I like the passionate third stanza and the beautiful dancing in the video. 😀

    Into the Wardrobe


  2. Such a beautiful dance! Have you seen the Island Girl dance fitness DVDs by Kili made in Hawaii? I use them for my workouts sometimes, and they teach you some of the dance moves in your video above. I love Hawaiian dancing.
    -Kristi Valiant


  3. Eo Mai

    Hi Sis, Thanks so much for transporting me back home. Although we were just there in November, the snow,ice, and rain, makes one long for the balmy breezes of Hawaii again! I especially loved watching this interpretation of Eo Mai, as our halau here in Central Oregon, danced it a few summers ago. Aloha and mahalo, Syl


  4. Calming Water

    Jama, This is beautiful,calming and a wonderful little retreat for a mom with 2 little ones! I have always wanted to visit Hawaii and I know someday I will go there.
    Thank you for your nice comment on my Yuki’s Ride Home post 🙂
    By the way, I didn’t realize that you are the author of Dumpling Soup!!!! We LOVE your book. I am so fortunate to find your wonderful blog!
    Sincerely, Kim Baise


  5. Re: Calming Water

    Thank you for visiting and liking Dumpling Soup, Kim. Glad you enjoyed Keali’i Reichel, one of my fave Hawaiian singers and composers. Hug your little ones for me :)!


  6. E O Mai translation to English

    Thank you so much for the translation. Beautiful song made better by knowing what it’s about. Mahalo.


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