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Plan

"So what's your plan for getting past those guys?"

Luau

"Luau!"

Hula

"Eat my buddy Pumbaa here because he is a treat!"

Yep

"Yep, yep, yep."

"Hawaiian War Chant" is an American popular song whose original melody and lyrics were written in the 1860s by Prince Leleiohoku of Hawaii. In The Lion King, the original lyrics of the chant are changed, but it still retains the melody. The song was used by 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).

Lyrics

Timon:
Luau!
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! 

Trivia

  • 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, 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 is 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.
  • Hawaiian War Chant appears at the end of the track "This is My Home" on The Lion King: The Legacy Collection.

Video

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"Hawaiian War Chant"

"Hawaiian War Chant"

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