E Pili Mai (Come To Me) - Words by Larry Lindsey Kimura, Music by Cyril Pahinui


ʻAuhea wale ana ʻoe
Kuʻu lei o ka pō
Pō anu hoʻokahi nō au
Sweetheart mine
E pili mai

Inā ʻo ʻoe a ʻo au
ʻIke i ke ahi o Makana
He makana ia na ke aloha
No na kau a kau
ʻO ʻoe aʻo au
Sweetheart mine
E pili mai

Where are you
My sweetheart of the night
The night is cold and I am alone
Sweetheart mine
Come to me

If you and I are together
We'll know the fires of Makana
It would be a gift given of love
For all time
You and I
Sweetheart mine
Come to me

Source: "Keʻalaokamaile" CD by Kealiʻi Reichel, nominated for 2004 Grammy Award. Verse 2, Stanza 2, Fires of Makana references the famed cliff in Hāʻena, Kauaʻi, where firebrands were hurled at night. The firebrands were made of small logs of hau or pāpala wood, wrapped and entwined, carried up the cliff, set on fire and thrown from the cliff. The firebrands, supported by wind currents, would swirl over the ocean leaving trails of embers. The sport entailed catching a firebrand before it touched the ground and burning the arm with it, as proof of going to Kaua’i and/or confessing love for someone, verse 2, stanza 3.