Kaulilua… Mele inoa for Kamehameha IV, 1864.

[Excerpt found under: “A DIRGE FOR KING Alexander Kalanikualiholiho, Maka o Iouli, Kunuiakea o Kukailimoku, KAMEHAMEHA IV!”]

O Kaulilua i ke anu Waialeale e—a!
He maka halalo i ka lehua makanoe,
He lihilihi kuku ia no Aipo,
O ka huluaa ia o Hauailiki,
Ua pehia e ka ua a eha ka nahele,
Maui eha ka pua uwe i ke anu,
I ke kukula lehua wai o Mokiha—na—ea,
Ua hana ia’ku ka pono a ua pololei,
Ua hai ia’ku no ia oe,
O ke ola no ia o kiai loko e—a.
Kiai kaula nana i ka makani—e—a,
Hoolana o ka halulu a ka malua,
Kiei halo i Makaikiolea,
Ka mau ka ea i Kahalauaola,
O ke kula lima ia o Wawae noho,
Me he pukoa hakahaka la i Waahia,
Ka momoku a ka Unulau o Lehua e—a!
A lehulehu ka hale pono ka noho ana,
Loaa kou haawina e ke aloha,
Ke hauna mai nei ka puka o ka hale e—a;

[So many interesting things about this. The first and foremost perhaps is that this appears as part of an unusual kanikau for Alexander Liholiho Kamehameha IV in the form of a conversation between Kamehameha III (K III.) and himself (K IV.). Another is that if you hula, you probably learned this as a mele inoa for Kalakaua and not as one for Kamehameha IV. Does anyone know who it is that is labeled as (M.) in the conversation? Click here for a PDF of the issue with the rest of the piece on page 4.]

(Kuokoa, 1/23/1864, p. 4)

O Kaulilua i ke anu Waialeale e—a!

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke III, Helu 4, Aoao 4. Ianuari 23, 1864.

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