"The Hula Hula Boys" as written by and Warren Zevon....
I saw her leave the luau
With the one who parked the cars
And the fat one from the swimming pool
They were swaying arm in arm
I could hear the ukuleles playing
Down by the sea
She's gone with the hula hula boys
She don't care about me
She's gone with the hula hula boys
She don't care about me
They're singing,

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana

Yesterday she went to see
The Polynesian band
But she came home with her hair all wet
And her clothes all filled with sand
I didn't have to come to Maui
To be treated like a jerk
How do you think I feel
When I see the bellboys smirk?
And I can hear the ukuleles playing
Down by the sea
She's gone with the hula hula boys
She don't care about me
They're signing,

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana


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"The Hula Hula Boys" as written by Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentThe Hawaiian lyrics in the refrain mean "get to the point" more or less.
    Major Valoron August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn one interview w/ David Letterman, I think he said that the lyrics meant "sing the chorus again" in Hawaiian.
    TheThornBirdson March 19, 2009   Link
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    TranslationFROM A Hawaiian FRIEND, the lyrics in the chorus mean (more or less): "IT HAS BEEN SAID - SO IT IS". They have an oral tradition of history and ergo if something is not spoken, it does not exist.
    EDDISCon November 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis has got to be one of the most frustrating lyrics of all time!
    perryoxideon March 31, 2013   Link
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    TranslationThe phrase is apparently taken from the world of traditional Hawaiian songs where it shows up frequently, so it's meaning isn't really written by Warren Zevon although its presence might be essential.

    From an artilce in the Honolulu Advertiser about interpreting Hawaiian hula:

    "Ha'ina (ha-ee-na): Hundreds of mele, both older and modern, end with a phrase beginning with the word "ha'ina,, which means a saying, declaration or statement but has come to indicate a song's final two verses, which restate the song's subject or purpose. "Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana." "Tell the story in the refrain." There are at least a half-dozen forms of ha'ina lines, variously translated as "tell the refrain," "the tale is told," "this is the end of my song.""

    That explains how so many different explanations here can be right at the same time!
    perryoxideon March 31, 2013   Link

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