Mele found everywhere in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers, 1912.

[From: “KA LA NUI O NA LIMAHANA MA KEAUHOU, HAWAII.”]

Keu a ka ono, o ka alo piko la,
Kahi momona o ka hiu ia la,
Ha’ale ke kai ke pepenu iho la,
O ka luau keu ka maneo la,
O ka nioi keu ka wewela la,
O ka ina mona keu a ka ono la,
A he ono i ka puu ke mo—ni.

[This mele excerpt is included in an article on a Labor Day celebration which took place in Keauhou, Kona, Hawaii. The writer of the article, Harry Haanio, says that it is a famous song composed by his older brother, who lives in Koloa, Hawaii Island, famous for the iliili hanau, the rocks that give birth.

Would this be what inspired Bina Mossman to compose her famous mele, “He Ono”? There are many, many old oli and mele which get altered and added to in later years. There are countless beautiful poetic pieces in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. Composers of today might consider looking within its pages for their own inspiration!]

(Kuokoa, 9/13/1912, p. 5)

Keu a ka ono, o ka alo piko la...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLVIII, Helu 37, Aoao 5. Sepatemaba 13, 1912.

1 thought on “Mele found everywhere in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers, 1912.

  1. Wow, I know the phrasing for singing of Bina Mossman’s He ono, and was trying to get that melody wrapped around this 1912 composition…didn’t roll off the tongue on the first try – Mahalo Nui for sharing!

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