#177 Ea O Ka 'Āina
Vinyl Sticker 4.5" x 2.5"
This sticker was inspired by the recent recording of Hawaii 78 by some of the finest Hawai'ian musicians and activists 40 years after it was composed by a Keaukaha teenager on Hawaiʻi island just a few miles from my hale. 100ʻs of youth from 14 schools + 40 artists recorded this song live @ 29 locations across 4 islands.
Little did I know that I would see Jason Momoa (who speaks the intro) a few days later in person on the mauna. Mahalo to the Mana Maoli crew and all those who participated.
I subsequently did some research on that theme before settling on this particular translation.
The phrase was first spoken by Kamehameha III, the King of Hawai'i, on July 31, 1843, when the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawai'i was returned by the British. Ea means not only "life", but "breath" and, more importantly, "sovereignty".
I consulted with my teachers and a number of kūpuna such as Sam Keli'iho'omalu, Kaleikoa Ka'eo and Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu about my work and the translation. They appreciate my work and approve of it as fitting and valid translation. There are obviously various interpretations and translations for this phrase. This one seems to be the most truthful for the context it was spoken in and honors my Hawaiian 'ohana on the mauna as well as kanaka and native people everywhere.
Learn more about the song's origins.
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