Mele for the birthplace of alii, Kukanikolo, 1925.

HE MELE NO KUKANILOKO.

No Kukaniloko ko’u aloha,
Ke kupa noho kula a o Kalakoa,
Kahi hanau hoi o na alii,
Wohi hoi a o Hawaii nei;
Walea i ke kui lei Ahihi,
Lei hookipa no ka malihini;
Paa mai uka i ka uhiwai,
O ke kehau anu ko ke kuahiwi;
Halihali mai ana i ke ala,
Ke ala o maile Nohoanu;
Auau aku i ka wai o Kuaikua,
Wai hooheno a na’lii;
Na mamo hoi a Kakuhihewa,
A na pua a ka Na’i Aupuni;
Nana i rula mai a pololei,
Me ka ihe laumeki i ka lima;
A he puuwai koa me ka wiwoole;
Imi maluhia no ka lahui;
Hui pau ia mai na ailana,
Mai Hawaii a Niihau,
Noho hoomalu ia me ke kaulike,
Mamalahoa kanawai;
Hainaia mai ana ka puana,
No Kukaniloko ko’u aloha.

Hakuia e JOHN HOLANI HAO,
Waialua, Oahu.

HE MELE NO KUKANILOKO.

For Kukaniloko is my aloha,
Native dwelling on the plains of Kalakoa,
Birthplace of the alii,
Wohi chiefs of Hawaii nei;
Taking pleasure in stringing lei of Ahihi,
A lei of welcome for the visitor;
The uplands are covered by fog,
The cold mist of the mountains;
Carrying along the scent,
The fragrance of maile in the cold;
Bathing in the waters of Kuaikua,
Cherished waters of the alii;
The descendants of Kakuhihewa,
And progeny of the Conqueror of the Nation;
Who ruled with righteousness,
With barbed spear in hand;
And a brave and fearless heart;
In pursuit of peace for the people;
Completely joining the islands,
From Hawaii to Niihau,
Living in peace with equality,
The law of Mamalahoa;
Let the refrain be told,
For Kukaniloko is my aloha.

Composed by JOHN HOLANI HAO,
Waialua, Oahu.

(Kuokoa, 5/28/1925, p. 7.)

HE MELE NO KUKANILOKO.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIV, Helu 22, Aoao 7. Mei 28, 1925.

2 thoughts on “Mele for the birthplace of alii, Kukanikolo, 1925.

  1. i HAVE HEARD THIS DONE AS BOTH MELE AND OLI. UNCLE AND I BOTH DISCUSSED THIS AND AT THE TIME IT SEEMED TO US THAT THE HAINA WAS ADDED LATER TO MAKE IT MELE HULA (WHICH, I WAS TOLD IS THE COMPOSER’S PEROGATIVE.) ALSO, UNCLE SAID THAT THERE WERE MANY TIMES OTHER PEOPLE.”BORROWED” FROM ANOTHER COMPOSER AND SWTCHED THE NAMES THAT HONORED OTHERS-CASE IN POINT-KINAU E AND LILIU E .I HAVE DONE THIS AS AN OLI BEFORE DANCING KUKANILOKO (AIA I HONOLULU KUU POHAKU) AND LEFT THE HAINA OUT (WITH HIS PERMISSION0.. THAT IS ALSO THE OLI THAT PERSUADED ME TO DO HIS OLI (THAT I WROTE FOR HIM) AS A MELE HULA (ALSO WITH HIS BLESSING).

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