Mele for Annie Kawailani Halemano (?) of Iosepa, Utah, 1913.

HE INOA NO KAWAILANI.

1. Wehiwehi no Halemano,
Ohuohu i ka lau lehua,
Hoohie no na kini,
A hoohihi no ilaila.

Hui—One, two, three, four, five,
Na hooheno ana, oni oi ala, piha hauoli.

2. Hanohano Kukaniloko,
Wehiwehi i na pua,
A hoohie no na manu,
A hoohihi no ilaila.

3. Haaheo o Leilehua,
Onaona i ke kupukupu,
Hoohie na ilikea,
A hoohihi no ilaila.

4. Kaulana no o Puaena,
Lamalama i ka ehu kai,
E nanea no na kupa,
A hoohihi no ilaila.

5. Kilakila no Hawaii,
Kaulana puni ka honua,
Hoohie na lehulehu,
A hoohihi no ilaila.

Hakuia e Joseph Henry Halemano.

Joseph Hawaii Valley, Tooele Co., Utah.

[I hardly hear this being sung today, but it is such a fun song!]

(Kuokoa, 1/10/1913, p. 7)

HE INOA NO KAWAILANI.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLIX, Helu 2, Aoao 7. Ianuari 10, 1913.

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9 thoughts on “Mele for Annie Kawailani Halemano (?) of Iosepa, Utah, 1913.

  1. re: He inoa no Kawailani in Kuokoa Vol. 49, No. 2 10 January 1913 page 7. Aloha! I was wondering where you found the reference that this song is written for Annie Kawailani Halemanu. I am aware that my grandmothers brother Joseph Henry Halemanu wrote this family song – and that he along with several other residents of Iosepa formed the Kawailani Choral Group in the early 1900s. …appreciate your reply and great assistance, always. Mahalo a nui for all your contributions – me ke aloha pumeahan – Doreen Lindsey Hobdy

    • Aloha and mahalo nui for your reply. To set the record straight here, The Halemano family of Ke’anae and the Halemanu family of Iosepa, Utah are not related. My grandmothers elder brother Joseph Henry “Wiki Bird” Halemanu was born at Iosepa, Utah in 1893. He was the second eldest of 13 born to Nellie Kealopali Iopa (of Maulua, Kaua’i) and James Keola Halemanu (of Waimihi – Waipi’o, Hawaii). I understand Uncle “Wiki Bird” did not come to Hawaii until 1950. Among his many compositions he is also credited with writing a song for Lunalilo Home where he lived for 5 years prior to his passing in 1957. I hope to one day meet you in person, it would be my honor to sing for you our family song (as we know it today) Halemanu (Piha Hau’oli). Me ke aloha pumehana. (with great admiration) always Doreen “Tasha” Lindsey Hobdy – Koakomo, Maui.

      • Interesting! It seems that James Halemanu and his wife and 4 of their children came back in 1916. (“Ua Hoi Mai Nei Mai Utah Amerika Mai,” Kuokoa, 6/2/1916, 3.).

        • ‘Ae, my grandmother Emma Honuaiwa Halemanu (Paishon) was 9 years old at the time. She married my grandfather Caesar Paishon Sr. in 1925. My mother Dora (Doreen) Ke’alailiahi Paishon Lindsey is the eldest of 10. Mahalo a nui for your great contributions! always Doreen (Tasha) Lindsey Hobdy of Koakomo, Maui.

          • Grandpa is Caesar Paishon Jr,anakala Caesar Paishon 3,cuz Caerar Paishon 4.

      • Aloha e cousin Doreen “Tasha”, o au o Keenan Kamalani Kamae, he keiki no Kane Kawawahilani Kamae laua o Lucia Naomi Lehua Naluai, he keiki no Henry Elia Kamae laua o Maraea Nahaku Kaioilawea Lua, he keiki no Makahiwa Kealakuhilima Lua laua o Kapuaililani Halemanu, he keiki no James Kainoakupuna Halemanu laua o Nellie Kealopali Iopa Hilea a he kaikua’ana no Emma Honuaiwa Halemanu, ko kupuna wahine. If I am not mistaken, that should make us third cousins, once removed. I am VERY interested in learning more about Uncle “Wiki Bird” and his compositions, including this mele for Kawailani. Also would LOVE to hear/learn the Halemanu song from you! Mahalo nui loa! Facebook friend request sent. Aloha a hui hou.
        Keenan Kamalani Kamae
        Evanston, IL

      • Aloha, e Tasha, do you have a recording of this song Halemanu/ Piha Hau’oli that we could hear? Are there any family songs composed during the time of Iosepa? I would love to be exposed to more primary creations by po’e Iosepa. mahalo nunui- kaleiwahine kim

        • Aloha Kaleiwahine, regret the delay in replying. By chance are you related to any of the Iosepa families. I would be happy to speak with you or meet to share more….hui hou Tasha

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