The National Anthem and Patriotism, 1893.


Aloha aina is a wonderful gift held by people. The German loves his land of birth, and for it is the national anthem sung—”Die Wacht am Rhein” [“Ke Kiai ma ka muliwai Rhine!”]* And so too  with the Briton, whose love is steadfast for his birth land, and this is one of their songs—”Rule, Britannia! rule the waves, Britons never will be slaves.” [“O Beritania ka mana maluna o na aekai, aole loa oia e kauwa kuapaa.” And it is the same with the American; he loves his native land, and for it is sung in this manner—”The land of the triumphant and the home of the brave.” [“Ka aina o ka lanakila a me ka home o ka wiwo ole.”] Who would fault their patriotism? This like the aloha that the Hawaiian has for his land of birth, and for it is sung like this—

“Hawaii Ponoi
Nana i kou Moi
Ka Lani Alii nei,
Ke Alii.”

*Look at this awesome translation by King Kalakaua of Die Wacht am Rhein!

(Hawaii  Holomua, 2/11/1893, p. 1)


Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 7, Aoao 1. Feberuari 11, 1893.


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