Eagerly anticipated by parents and other educators, this collection of
stories and songs presents treasures collected through more than a
decade of cultural presentations on Hawai`i's unique holiday season, the
The seed for recording this collection was planted in 2003 when the late Nona Beamer phoned Leilehua Yuen and said, "Dahling, the Volcano Art Center called and asked me to help with their Christmas presentation. It's such a worthy production, I help them every year. But this year Keola wants me to do something, so I can't be there. So, I told them you'd be happy to do it. You don't mind, do you?"
Well, how could Leilehua mind? Of course she would do it.
"Oh, and Dahling, they'll have lots of Christmas carols, but I wanted to give them something Hawaiian. So, would you please write a Makahiki carol for them?"
Thus, the Makahiki Carol was born. It has since been the signature piece for the delightful and informative holiday programs Leilehua and Manu give during the winter months in Hawai`i.
Combining traditional and historical mo`olelo (teaching stories) with traditional chants, hula, their original songs, and music, Leilehua and Manu captivate audiences of all ages in their joyous voyages through Hawai`i's culture and history.
Leilehua and Manu grew up with stories. Blessed with the privilage of being reared in part by their grandparents, they were exposed to the skills, talents, and culture of an older generation. When they were young, the term "cultural practitioner" was not yet in vogue. What is now known as "cultural practice" was then simply the way one's `ohana, one's family, did things. Children learned by observation, and by listening to stories.
Carol is designed to be a resource for parents and other educators,
to help teach Hawai`i's history, natural history, culture, and
traditional values. It is meant to be a starting point for further
exploration, and a fun way for families to learn together.
Songs and Chants
You’ve heard of Dasher and Dancer,
Prancer and Vixen,
Holiday time, oh
Holiday time, Holiday time is here
Put aside all anger,
discontent and tears
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!
Sing it loud and clear!
`Iole, Nau, Nau, Nau
Kahea: Ae, E ka `iole, e nau, nau, nau
E ka `iole, e nau, nau,
Auhea wale ana `oe,
noho i ke kula
Aia i hea nā mea `ai a
Nau, nau me kou niho e
ka `iole māiki
Loa`a mai ka mea `ai
He inoa no ka `iole maoli
Are you ready?
Yes, O, rat, chew, chew, chew!
O, rat, chew, chew,
Where are you?
Living on the plains
Where is all the
Chew, chew with
your teeth, young rat
Coming to us is the
In the name of the Hawaiian rat