Mele about Na Pali Mahoe, 1888.

NA PALI MAHOE.

1

Aia i Akaka kuu lei rose
I ke oho lau lipo o ka palai
Oia wai huelo i ka lau laau
Me ka ehu wai hoi a ka noe.

Cho. Hoi mai no ka ia la e pili
Ua malu ke ao la i na pali
Noho i ka olu home lau kukui
I ka nehe a ka leo o ka wai.

2

Kahiko ka nani i hale uwila
I ka uluwehiwehi la o na pua
Kuu pua rose i kui ai a lawa
I lei hooipo no na po anu.

3

Ilihia wale hoi au i ko leo
I ke ahe olu hoi a ka Malanai
Ilaila hoi au ike maka i ka nani
I ke kio wai kapu a ia manu.

D. I. W.

Na Pali Mahoe, Hilo.

[There are so many beautiful songs held in the pages of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers! Here is one written by someone living in the Na Pali Mahoe spoken of in the previous post. It would benefit modern composers greatly to look back at and to study these as they turn forward and compose their own mele.]

(Kuokoa, 5/5/1888, p. 1)

NA PALI MAHOE.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVII, Helu 18, Aoao 1. Mei 5, 1888.

Hula mounds, shoddy roads, and inclement weather in Hilo, 1887.

Mr. Editor.

The road supervisor [luna alanui] of Hilo has not passed by these days; the road to the north of the twin cliffs [na pali mahoe] is left damaged and filthy. Perhaps he is on vacation these weeks as the public schools are on vacation; haiole [?], you are the best.¹

From Onomea until Aleamai, there are three Hawaiian hula mounds [pa hula] where men and women are being taught for the upcoming 12th. There are two green pa hula that are got on with anklets [kupee] on the legs as the women turn this way and that, while they rotate about [poahi apakau] their torsos; some people sit below while rasping [wa’uwa’u] against the outside of a gourd and then their various voices reverberate forth.

For over a week, there was a storm covering the docks here in Hilo, bewildering the ship captains on the Paliku side.

D. I. Wailana, Jr.

¹The Road Supervisor in Chief for Hawaii Island that year, according to Thrum, was C. N. Arnold.

(Kuokoa, 4/30/1887, p. 2)

Mr. Luna Hooponopono.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVI, Helu 18, Aoao 2. Aperila 30, 1887.