A mele for Harry Naope, the pride of Hawaii Island, 1920.

HE MELE NO HARRY NAOPE.

Kaulana mai nei a o Naope,
Ka uwila i anapu ma ke kapitala,
Na ke kelekalapa i ha’i mai,
Lawe oe i ka hae o ka lanakila;
Kilakila no oe i ka’u ike,
Ka moho kaulana puni Hawaii.
Me ou mau koa me ka wiwo ole,
Na kupueu a o Hilo Hanakahi,
Akahi kuu lohe a ikemaka,
Alakai himeni helu ekahi;
Haaheo Hawaii nui o Keawe,
Hauoli na kini o ka aina.
Paa oe i ka hae o ka hanohano,
I ka la hauoli kenekulia;
Hookomo i ke awa a o Honolulu,
E halii mai ana e ka uanoe;
Ohuohu oukou i ka lei lehua,
Hoahele o ka aina malihini;
Me na waihooluu o ka aina,
Hoailono o ka Ua Kanilehua.
Lehua ulaula me ka puakea,
Me o’u mau koa ku kilakila;
Aole lakou a i hopo iho,
A kau i ka hae o ka lanakila;
Ke huli hoi nei ka Mauna Kea,
E ike hou i ka nani a o Hilo one.
Haina ka inoa no Naope,
Aliikoa o ka Mokupuni Hawaii.

Hakuia e
KAMAKAILA O KAAHUMANU.
Hilo.

[A Song for Harry Naope.

Naope is famous
A lightning that flashed in the capital
The telegraph gave the report
That you took the flag of victory
You are fabulous in my eyes
The contestant famous all over Hawaii
With your warriors, so fearless
The heroes of Hilo Hanakahi
It is the first time I have heard and seen for myself
The ultimate song leader
Proud is great Hawaii of Keawe
The people of this land rejoice
You secured the flag of glory
At the century festivities
Entering Honolulu Harbor
Cloaked in the misty rains
Resplendent in lei of lehua
Your travelling companion to the unfamiliar lands
Wearing the colors of this place
A symbol of the Kanilehua Rain
Red and white lehua
With your [?] soldiers so majestic
They felt no anxiety
Until the flag of victory was placed
The Mauna Kea is turning back
To see once again the beauty of Hilo One
Let the name song be told of Naope
The Officer of Hawaii Island

Composed by
Kamakaila o Kaahumanu
Hilo.]

[This mele is written in celebration of the victory by Harry Naope and his choir from Hilo at the competition marking the hundredth year of the coming of Christianity to Hawaii in 1920, held at Kawaiahao Church, and also at a competition put on the following day by the Christian Endeavor Society (Ahahui C. E.).]

(Kuokoa, 4/30/1920, p. 2)

Kuokoa_4_30_1920_2

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LVIII, Helu 20, Aoao 2. Aperila 30, 1920.

 

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