Hawaiian War Chant (Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai)

English Lyrics: Ralph Freed, Music: Johnny Noble and Leleiohaku
In the 1942 film Ship Ahoy, with Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton and Tommy Dorsey Band

There’s a sunny little, funny little melody / That was started by a native down in Waikiki
He would gather a crowd down beside the sea
And together they’d play his gay Hawaiian Chant
Soon the other little natives started singin’ it,
And the hula hula maidens starting swingin’ it
Like a tropical storm that’s the way it hit / Funny little gay Hawaiian chant.
Ow way tah, Tualan, Me big bad Fightin’ man
Tho it started on an island down Hawaii way
It’s as popular in Tennessee or Ioway
If you wander into any cabaret, You will hear this gay Hawaiian chant
Ow way tah, Tualan, Me big bad Fightin’ man
Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la, Ehu hene la a pili koo lua la
Pututui lu a ite toe la, Hanu lipo ita paalai
Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la, Ehu hene la a pili koo lua la
Pututui lu a ite toe la, Hanu lipo ita paalai,
Au we ta huala, Au we ta huala.
Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la, Ehu hene la a pili koo lua la
Pututui lu a ite toe la, Hanu lipo ita paalai.
Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la, Ehu hene la a pili koo lua la
Pututui lu a ite toe la, Hanu lipo ita paalai.
Au we ta huala, Au we ta huala.

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