The Three Star Nation project was created to pay homage to past composers from the Village of Fineone Hakupu-Atua in Niue. In this series, you will indulge in a serving of authentic Niue Song & Dance, promoting intergenerational learning and the preservation of Vagahau Niue through the Performing Arts.
This talented community ensemble is a make-up of Hakupu descendants from all parts of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin & Niue. Music & Choreography by the Hakupu Youth NZ Creative Arts Team: Creative Director Leki Jackson-Bourke, Assistant Director Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson, Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Petelo Lam, Candy Tusini-Rex, Mone Lakatani, Melissa Jackson Ravai, Mara Tohilima, Monet Ikinepule Etuata & Topui Talagi Ikiua.
“Vaka Paopao” was composed in 1992 by Hanofu Ikiua who was the Takitaki Maaga (Village Leader) for V3 Hakupu Atua at PIC Newton Church in Auckland at that time. The composer uses metaphorical references and the symbolism of the Niue “Vaka” to speak about the light of Christianity and the arrival of missionaries.
Hanofu Ikiua, 1992, Auckland New Zealand
Learn the words -
Fakatulou, Fakatulou, monu monu monu x2
Ko e mahina kua maama mai
Kua tu fakatupou he tuloto po
Tau manamanatuaga, kua fakaligoa moe fakaatukehe
Ko e matagi, ko e matagi,
Kua agi hauhau mai, manamanatu, moe momoko e loto
Ha ko e fakalofa he tau tupuna i tuai e!
Oi talala ka ono atu la (kitia nakai)
Oi talala ko e vaka paopao (kua hake mai ai)
Ko e peau, peau tolotua kua mui mai ai
(Oi auoi) ko e vaka paopao x2
Kua kalipa mai he tua peau e!
Oi auoi, ko e vaka paopao
Tahake mai ai, maama ki uta
Ko e kupu, kupu he Atua
Ko e vala vai momoko
Ke fakahauhau aki
E tau loto vale
Tau loto vale tau toa i tuai e!