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***FULL VIDEO @ PCC*** Elvis & Polynesian Cultural Centre/ Bula Laie

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Bula! 😀

I was watching an Elvis movie the other night with my wife which we had rented. The movie was called ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’. Not a bad movie. Light hearted… But boy did that little girl in the movie start to elvis paradise hawaiian styleannoy me after a while… hehe 😛

Some scenes in the movie were set within the Polynesian Cultural Centre (PCC), so much so that the whole movie seemed as if it was a blatant, full blown effort to advertise the PCC, lol.

That’s fine by me as we are able to see many of the other islands on display here. In the clip below, you see Elvis crooning his way through Hawaiian dancers singing his song “This Is My Heaven”. After this Elvis runs his way through Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa (Maori New Zealand), then finishing with Fiji where the Fijians break out into a beautiful solo vocal (my mother said when she first saw this movie years ago, the Fijian singers gave her goosebumps!!) singing’ to the same tune of Elvis’ “Drums Of The Islands”… Actually, the song the Fijians are singing is the beautiful theme song for the Polynesian Cultural Centre titled “Bula Laie” (Laie is the name of the town in Hawaii where the PCC is located).

drums of the islands, bula laie – elvis

Here’s a bit of history; a snippet taken from the PCC website:


June 1966 

Elvis Presley spends one week at the PCC filming scenes for his new movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style. “The King” transposes PCC’s signature song, Bula Laie, written by Fijian village chief Isireli Racule, into Drums of the Islands as part of the production.

So Elvis used the same melody as the signature song for the PCC… So I guess we could says this was some of the earliest days of sampling way back in 1965! Hip-Hop would be proud, lol!

‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’ was a lighthearted film but is definitely no Blue Hawaii, that’s for sure. Though what this movie does lack in sheer beauty, makes it up with the beauty of the Polynesian islands, fashion, and of course music… ESPECIALLY the ending 🙂

Below are the lyrics to the song (apologies if any of the spelling is incorrect, willing to accept constructive criticism here as I’m currently still learning the Fijian language). See if you can follow along with the clip of the Polynesian Cultural Centre singing the song for the PCC 50th Anniversary show. Beautifully sung harmonies right here:


BULA LAIE

BULA LAIE, HAWAII TALEGA
VEI WEKANI KEI VITI KECEGA
O KEI VITI E VAKA LASALASA
NI BULA NI BULA KECE SARA
 
NANUMI VITI VANUA LAILIA
NODA SASAGA ME TOROCAKE MAI
TUBU KO VITI ME ROGO KA KILAI
E VURAVURA LAIE E HAWAII
 
EDA SA MAI VEIKUNE TALE
SA NODA TU NA LAGILAGI
EDA SA CIBI CIBITAKA YANI
LAIE NOGU KORO LAGILAGI
 
BULA SAMOA KEI TONGA TALEGA
TAHITI, MAORI MAI RA
BULA, ALOHA, KIA ORA, TALOFA
‘IAORANA, MALO E LEILEI O TONGA
 
EDA SA MAI VEIKUNE TALE
SA NODA TU NA LAGILAGI
EDA SA CIBI CIBITAKA YANI
LAIE NOGU KORO LAGILAGI
 
BULA LAIE, HAWAII TALEGA
BULA!
 
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Fijian alphabet:
c = th, as in ‘then’
g = ng, as in ‘sing’
d = silent ‘n’ in front
b = silent ‘m’ in front

Until next post, we’re “All Shook Up” for now here @ the Poly Hub head office. Moce Mada! 🙂

 

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