- “What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?”
"Hawaiian War Chant" is an American popular song whose original melody and lyrics were written in the 1860s by Prince Leleiohoku of Hawaii. The original title of the song was "Kāua I Ka Huahuaʻi" or "We Two in the Spray". It has been used in several Disney productions, including the theme park attraction, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, and Disney's animated feature The Lion King, also called "The Hula Song". The song was also featured in the opening segment of Episode 320 of The Muppet Show.
AppearancesDisneyland in 1963, as well as Magic Kingdom in 1971 and Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom still feature the original show. In the attraction, the song is performed by Audio-Animatronic flowers, tikis and birds as part of the show's luau sequence. The song is performed in Hawaiian, and reflects an older accent with words written using the letter "T" where modern readers would expect the letter "K", as written by Leleiohoku.
English lyrics were written by Ralph Freed and the melody changed by Johnny Noble in 1936. Though the song is not performed in English in the attraction, Freed still receives writing credit on official releases by Walt Disney Records, such as Walt Disney's The Enchanted Tiki Room in 1968 and A Musical History of Disneyland in 2005.
Timon and Pumbaa to distract some anonymous hyenas for Simba and Nala to pass without being detected. It works as these hyenas chase them offscreen (only to be gassed by Pumbaa and flee as shown in The Lion King 1½).
If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat
Eat my buddy Pumbaa here
Because he is a treat
Come on down and dine
On this tasty swine
All you have to do is get in line
Are ya achin'...
Pumbaa: Yup, yup, yup.
Timon: For some bacon?
Pumbaa: Yup, yup, yup.
Timon: He's a big pig.
Pumbaa: Yup, yup.
Timon: You can be a big pig, too. Oy!
- The line that starts the scene, "What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?", was improvised by Nathan Lane, the voice of Timon.
- According to a special feature on the Diamond Edition Blu-ray disc, after being animated, this song was planned to be replaced by a Michael Jackson-style number. However, due to time constraints during production, the idea was abandoned and this sequence was left in the film as it was.
- The fact that Timon wears healthy green leaves indicates the Pride Lands aren't entirely barren, as it was earlier implied.
- According to The Lion King 1½, Timon and Uncle Max both resent this activity.
- Two mini beanbag dolls were made inspired by this scene. One is Pumbaa with an apple in his mouth, and the other one is with Timon wearing the same hula outfit as in this song.
- The "Hawaiian War Chant" is replaced by the Charleston in The Lion King (musical) stage production; in the Spanish version, it is replaced by a traditional Andalusian dance.
- In the 2019 remake, the "Hawaiian War Chant" is replaced by the opening monologue of Be Our Guest.
- The Hawaiian War Chant appears at the end of the track "This is My Home" on The Lion King: The Legacy Collection.
- An instrumental version of this song is heard in the Mickey Mouse episode "Ku'u Lei Melody".