"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.
The song appears in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, a Disney theme park attraction that first appeared at Disneyland 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.
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).
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, 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.