Hana ka hoe, pa'a ka waha.
"Work the paddle, close the mouth."
Shut up and paddle - something we should all remember (and practice) while in the boat.
E kaupe aku no i ka hoe a ko mai. (319)
"Put forward the paddle and draw it back."
Go on with the task that is started and finish it.
E lauhoe mai na wa'a; i ke ka, i ka hoe; i ka hoe; i ke ka; pae aku ka 'aina. (327)
"Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle; paddle and bail, and the shore is reached."
Pitch in with a will, everybody, and the work is quickly done.
Ha'ule i ka hope wa'a. (489)
"Left in the aft of the canoe."
Said of one who comes last or is tardy.
Ho'okahi ka 'ilau like ana (1068).
"Wield the paddles together."
E lauhoe mai na wa'a; i ke ka, i ka hoe; i ka hoe, i ke ka; pae aku i ka 'aina (327).
" Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore will be reached."
If everybody pitches in, the work is quickly done.
He po'e ho'opiha wa'a (897).
Useless people, like riders in a canoe who do nothing to help.
He hewa i Kapua ka 'auwa'a panana 'ole (1125).
"The fleet of canoes without a compass landed at Kapua by mistake."
Said of one who is off his course, mentally or otherwise.
Ola i ke ahe lau makani (2483).
"Life is in a gentle breath of wind." Said of a breeze on a hot day.
'A'ohe hana a Kauhikoa; ua kau ka wa'a i ke 'aki (139).
"Kauhikoa has nothing more to do; his canoe is resting on the block."
The work is done.
Hawaiian Voyaging Proverbs: selected from Mary Kawena Pukui's 'Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983).
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KNBA 90.3 FM [http://www.knba.org/] (Anchorage, AK) - Native American station with island music special on Sundays
Peter Buck. Arts and Crafts of Hawaii. Part VI, Canoes. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1957.