Pretty darned romantic, 1881.

Kalakaua to Kapiolani!

The King of the Archipelago to His Queen.

Composed aboard the Oceanic, Feb. 16, 1881.

On the Meridian of Honolulu,

At 33° Latitude, 157° 30′ Longitude.

O ka ike lihi aku i na ae one ma o,
Ka ko’u mau maka e ake nei,
Me ka pule e hoea hou au ilaila,
Mai ae i ka’u upu e ko ole!

O na nalu huakea lelehuna,
O ia ae one; he aloha au,
A ke huli kuu alo no ka huakai home,
E nalo na manao hele auwana.

E kuu aloha e kali ala, nou ko’u haupu,
Me ka lei maile ma kou a-i!
O, e hai mai, e ke kai kupikio inaina,
A hea pau kau kokohi ana ia’u?

Ano, o ka hui me oe, he mea hiki ole,
Oiai ua okia e ke kai nui,
E puana aku nae au e ka ipo aloha,
He manaolana ko’u e hui hou kaua.

O kou aloha me ka manao oiaio,
Ke kiai ma ko’u alahele,
A ke ike au i ka poepoe honua,
I makana na’u ia aloha.

[A glimpse of the sandy strand beyond,
Is what my eyes now long for,
With a prayer that I arrive there once more,
Do not allow my hopes to go unfulfilled!

The white misting waves,
Of that sandy shore; is my love,
I turn and face the road home,
Gone are my thoughts of roaming.

O My dear that waits, for you are my recollections,
With a maile lei about your neck!
Oh, tell me, O Angry wild sea,
When will you stop restraining me?

I cannot be with you right now,
For we are separated by the great ocean,
But I proclaim, O Dear sweetheart,
I hope to be with you again.

Your aloha and your faith,
Guide me on my path,
And as I see the world,
A gift to me is that aloha.]

(Elele Poakolu, 4/20/1881, p. 5)

Kalakaua ia Kapiolani!

Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke II, Helu 7, Aoao 5. Aperila 20, 1881.

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