ʻŌpae Ē: The Story


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Raymon Kaimana, Jenny Moanikeala and the Estrella ʻOhana
Softcover 26 pp.

Opae E is a song written by Pilahi Paki with music composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli. This song speaks of a young boy of Kahakuloa, Maui, who seeks to rescue his sister from a large eel. Along the way he meets various sea creatures and asks for their help. Only the bravest of these creatures will join him in his attempt to save his sister.

The English Version of this story is not an exact translation from the Hawaiian words found in the song, however, it was retold to incorporate a wider array of vocabulary for the budding student.