Mele ownership, 1930.

LET THE TAKING OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MELE BE PUT TO AN END.

Mr. Jonah Kumalae,

Editor of Ke Alakai o Hawaii,

Aloha oe:—

I am Mrs. Kaholopololei, and I am resending to you a copy of these mele, with an explanation for the second time.

That is, do disseminate in the precious KE ALAKAI O HAWAII so that the people who love hula and who take the mele of others and bequeath it to whom they want will know.

Instruct them to stop this taking, for still living today is the one to whom the mele belong.

I and some women members of the Ahahui o na wahine Poola of the town of Honolulu, during the term when Mrs. Apoki Kauhini served as President, and Mrs. Holi Kealohahooniponipo Thornton was secretary of that Association.

Kanekoa was her husband, and Holi Thornton the other’s husband.

They held a fundraising concert for their Association and at that time, this mele was composed. Holi Thornton and their greatly beloved friend, Mrs. Kualaku, edited and composed together IMI AU IA OE E KEALOHA LA, MA NA PAIA AALA O PUNA from her brother from Puna.

It was Holi Thornton and Mrs. Kualaku who sang first these songs at that concert.

This explanation will quite suffice, and I ask of you, friend, to hold your tongue because the explanations were not printed.

To prove the truth of what I wrote, I sign my name, O Mr. Kumalae, and do please print this.

MRS. KAHOLOPOLOLEI,

Honolulu, Oahu.

HULA HAWAII.

(Composed for Hana Kealohahooniponipo)

Aia i Waikahalulu la ka piko a ka ono,
Maoli kehau o ka po anu
Ua anu pono no ko nui kino
I ka hiki ana mai e walea ana
Kuu ipo i ka lai me ka malie
O ka po mahina e konane ana
A ka po kehau anu kaua
A mehana no i ka pili aoao
E a’o ae ana i ai-lolo
I ka puni mai na kupuna mai
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
O puhenehene o kahi mehameha
Hea aku no wau o mai oe
O Hana Kealohahooniponipo.

HULA HAWAII.

Aia i ke Kaona kuu lei Ilima la
Maoli huapala a o Honolulu
I pulu i ka ua Kukalahale la
Lihau mai la i Kaumakapili
E pili paa ke aloha me oe la
Me ka nani o ke aka Wailiula
Aloha kuu pua lana i ka wai la
I kuiia e ka mali a ka leo
Neenee mai oe a pili pono la
Lai ai ke kaunu ana i ka elo
A pane mai oe olu iho au la
Hoolawa aku au i ko makemake
Kakali aku wau o ko aloha la
Ke ala o ka Hinano ku kahakai
Haina ia mai ana ka puana la
Ka wahine nona ka lei he Ilima
Hea aku no wau o mai oe la
O Hannah Kealohahooniponipo.

HULA HAWAII.

Aloha kuu lei Pomelia
Hoapili o ka uka leo o ka manu
Kaua i ka nuku o Nuuanu
E makaikai i na pali Koolau
O ka ihu o ka lio ka’u aloha
I ka hanu ana iho paupauaho
Elua wale iho no maua
Ikolu i ka malu a ka uhiwai
O ka pa a ka makani kokololio
Hu’ihu’i i ka ili ke pili mai
O ke kau a ka la i ke kuahiwi
Pumehana ai na pali Koolau
Ku aku au mahalo o ka nani
O na ko’a kaulana o Heeia
Eia iho no o Kaneohe
Ua hoopuluia e ke kehau
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
Kuu ipo i ka hau hoeha ili
Hea aku no wau o mai oe
O Hana Kealohahooniponipo.

[Here is an article speaking about this fundraiser! “HE HAUOLI PIHA ME KA MAHIEHIE,” Kuokoa, 11/12/1909, p. 6.]

(Alakai o Hawaii, 5/29/1930, p. 4)

E HOOPAU I NA HANA LAWE WALE I KO HA'I MELE.

Ke Alakai o Hawaii, Buke 3, Helu 5, Aoao 4. Mei 29, 1930.

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