“Ka Ipo Lei Manu,” 1891.

KALANI KAULILUA.

He manao he aloha
Na ka ipo lei manu
Ua manu kuu hoa
Noho mai ka nahele
Iiwi o uka
Polena i ka ua
Elua maua
I ka po ua nui
Ua o Hanalei
Anu au maeele
Ua anu hoi au
I ka ua noe anu
Na hau o Maihi
Au ana i ke kai
Na ulu o Weli
Ponuhu mai ana
Mapu mai ana
Ke ala o ka Hala
Hala o Mopuena [Mapuana]
Onaona i ka ihu
Ke ala pua Loke
Hone na ka manao
Naue kuu kino
Ko hiki ana mai
Haina ia ka puana
O ka Lani Kaulilua.

[A song attributed to Queen Kapiolani for her King that travelled afar; it is still widely sung today and more commonly known by the title “Ka Ipo Lei Manu”. This is perhaps the first time it appears in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. It was published in the issue immediately following the issue announcing the death of King Kalakaua.]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 2/2/1891, p. 2)

KALANI KAULILUA.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 120, Aoao 2. Feberuari 2, 1891.

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