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Posted - 06/26/2015 :  3:33:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I first got here to what looks like a very interesting site by googling the words in the subject line above. As a sort of `ukulele player, I have been familiar with that song for many years, but there is a puzzle in it for me that no one in the thread that came up answered.

I have always been well aware that "makou" means "the group of us, excluding you." What I have always wondered is, who is the "`oe" with the nice eyes/face, etc., that is being sung to? What is special about him/her that we others are doing all these movements for?

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Posted - 06/27/2015 :  06:22:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Fran Guidry's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In the huapala.org text I find no 'oe. http://www.huapala.org/E/E_Huli_Makou.html

The history of the song indicates that it was written as a hula for performance at a hotel. I'd say the E huli is addressing the dancers, exclusive of the audience.


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