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E Malama

An Earth Blessing, written in the style of the traditional Hula from Hawaii

By Bryan Kessler
Adaptation by Mark and Sharee Anderson
Harmonized by Nickomo
Photos: Kauai, from Islands.com and Go Hawaii; and Hula Dancers at Sunset by David Olsen.

I learned this beautiful song from Ubuntu Choir leader Marion Van Namen (Sing Portland) in a yurt at Esalen in Big Sur CA, on a sunny end-of-summer day, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Since then, whenever I find myself stunned by the beauty of the coastline (which is often since I live in California), this song surfaces, demanding to be sung. The purity, power and harmonic dissonance make it one of my newest favorites to teach, hear, and sing.

The sheet music and information is from Community Voiceworks – a book & CD of community music. Their pages are copiable, and sheet music will be made available to choir members.

Lyrics (Hawaiian):
E Malama i ka heiau
E Malama i ka heiau
E Malama pono i ka heiau
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English Translation:
Yes, we must do what is right and take care of the Earth.
More translation information available here and here.

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