A mele by Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani, 1894.

NINIPO HOONIPO SONG.

1.

Hiaai, hiaai i ka nani la
O a’u Lehua i Hopoe la
Ke ona ia mai la e ka Iwi la
E ka manu hulu weo Olaa

——: Hui :——

Ninipo Hoonipo i ke aloha la
Ka wahine haa le-a a lewa i ke kai
Ka niniau ala i ke one la
I ke kai nupanupa i Haena

2.

Lou iki Panaewa i ka hala la
I ka lihi ka pilina a Moeawakea
Ke nihi ae la ka ua nihi makai la
O ka welelau noe kai io’u nei.

3.

Ike maka i ka nani o Puna la
Na lae uluhala o Kookoolau
Ke oni ae la molale i ke kai la
Na oho lau maewa luhe i ka wai.

4.

I Hilo no ka makani Puulena la
Lohe i ka ale a ke kai holuholu o Huia
Ua mau aku la o luna o Maukele la
I ka pakalikali a ka Malanai.

Composed by H. M. Q. L.

[The newspaper “Ka Oiaio” begins in 1889, but there are only a few issues found for that year, and for 1890, 1891, 1892, and 1893, there are none! Hopefully someone is holding on to copies of these years, because they can open up a whole new picture to that period in history!!

Talk about the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers to others. The more people talk, the more likely it will be that these lost issues might once again be found.]

(Oiaio, 8/10/1894, p. 4)

NINIPO HOONIPO SONG.

Ka Oiaio, Buke VI, Helu 32, Aoao 4. Augate 10, 1894.

2 thoughts on “A mele by Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani, 1894.

  1. MA Kaiulani Milham says:

    I would love to see a translation of this mele. Is it one that was already known of?

  2. nupepa says:

    It is sung by Dennis Kamakahi, and it was also performed this year by Halau Mohala Ilima as their auana dance at Merrie Monarch. I am sure any one of them should have a nice translation!

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