Learn the Haka

Welcome. You're here for a very specific reason, because you've either heard of or seen the performance of a haka and would like to learn how to get started as to performing one yourself.

You'll need only a few items to proceed:
1) Passion
2) A loud voice
3) Passionate friends with loud voices

What is a Haka?

Technically speaking, a haka refers to any Maori dance, but the most common and popular version is a war chant called Te Rauparaha's Haka, named after one of the New Zealand Maori's great warrior chiefs. This specific haka involves exorbitant amounts of loud chanting, aggressive arm gestures, feet stomping, fierce looks, and all of it in perfect unity.

If you've ever watched a New Zealand All Blacks rugby game, you've almost certainly seen Te Rauparaha's Haka. If you haven't, I recommend you do so before proceeding any further: All Blacks Haka - Courtesy of YouTube
The Words of Te Rauparaha

Leader: Ringa pakia!
Slap the hands against the thighs!

Uma tiraha!
Puff out the chest!

Turi whatia!
Bend the knees!

Hope whai ake!
Let the hip follow!

Waewae takahia kia kino!
Stamp the feet as hard as you can!

Ka mate, ka mate
I die, I die,

Ka ora' Ka ora'
I live, I live,

Ka mate, ka mate
I die, I die

Ka ora Ka ora "
I live, I live,

Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
This is the hairy man

Nāna i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
Who caused the sun to shine again for me

Up the ladder...Up the ladder

Upane Kaupane"
Up to the top

Whiti te rā,!
The sun shines!


A little overwhelmed? Understandable. For an annotated version of Te Rauparaha's words and more detailed instructions as to pronunciation and performance: Click here and read on...
Subpages (1): Reciting the Haka