As I write from Hollywood in this moment in time, a plane flies overhead.
I am reminded of a song in the Maori language of the Tuwharetoa and Ngati Maniapoto Maori tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s about a bird singing. Here’s the lyrics in Te Reo Rangatira, the language of Chiefs.
Ko te putake o tenei karanga kia koe E tuku aroha kia koe e taku whaiaipo e Kia ora nei koe kiki pio kiki pio pio pio pio Ano ra ko te kete tui.
You said you wouldn’t take the blame if I said goodbye. When I told you all my reasons then you started to cry
Chorus: I’d like to be like a bird whistling in the tree. All I’d like to be is like a bird singing in the trees.
You said you would always love me and would always be true.
Though you tried to make it happen I didn’t know what to do.
There’s a dark and empty space which lies so deep inside.
Presses down upon my spirit and I started to cry.
Thanks Tuwharetoa and Ngati Maniapoto for the shared culture and strength. “Kia Kaha. Stay Strong.” Kia mau koe ki to mana whenua, mana moana, mana tangata, Mana Wairua a Te Atua o Nga Taangata tika tonu a Aotearoa me ona hoa tika, mo ake tonu.
For the children and great grandchildren of these tribes in the central North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, I wept today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.31.11~
MAORI POP CLASSIC – POI E by THE PATEA MAORI CLUB
Cute is the Patea Maori Club singing and swinging the Maori poi via Taranaki.
Poi E is one of those classic Kiwi songs that always brings a smile, when you watch it.
The song is like a gift of authentic culture, uniquely created in Aotearoa New Zealand and loved by the people of Hawaii, USA, that keeps on giving.
Enjoy. Let’s go Maoris! :)
Maori – Kiwi Star Power tribute as Hollywood Art Today – Russell Crowe‘s Hollywood star, Walk of Fame, Hollywood California USA. Photographed by Horiwood.Com.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~
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