Mele inoa for Commissioner Blount, 1893.

HE INOA NO KOMISINA BLOUNT (BALAUNA).

He Inoa keia no Balauna
Komisina ahaiolelo
Na ke Aupuni o Amerika
I hoouna mai a e nowelo
E imi ana i ka oiaio
O na olelo hakuepa wale
A na kolea kauahua
I kolopeka e nui aku nei
No Liliuokalanionamoku
Me na Oiwi o ka Aina
Hoike Balauna i kona mana
Papahi Hawaii i ka Lanakila
Adimarala Kamaki ko Enelani
Konela Balauna ko Amerika
Ahai Balauna i ka haaheo
I ka la Ekahi o Aperila
Ma kona kauoha ana aku
E huki hou i ka Hae Hawaii
E mau e ka welo haaheo ana
O ka hae nani o ke Aupuni
Lilo a i mea ole na kuko
O ua auna pakaha nei
Hea aku makou o mai oe
Balauna ka Elele Ola Hawaii
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
Hoi hou o Liliu i ke Kalaunu

Hakuia e Miss Mary Rose.
Honolulu, April 10, 1893.

[A NAME SONG FOR COMMISSIONER BLOUNT.

This is an Inoa for Balauna
Commissioner
Which the Nation of America
Sent to investigate
To search out the truth
Of the malicious words
Of those plovers perching upon mounds*
Conspiring
Against Liliuokalanionamoku
And the Natives of the Land
Balauna displayed his authority
Hawaii is honored with victory
England’s Admiral Thomas
America’s Colonel Blount
Blount carries away the honor
On the First day of April
When he commanded
Raise the Hawaiian Flag once again
Let it always wave proudly
The beautiful flag of the Nation
The greed will be as naught
Of that flock of robbers
We call out; answer the call
Blount, the Messenger to Liberator of Hawaii
Let the refrain be told
Return Liliu to the crown.

Composed by Miss Mary Rose.
Honolulu, April 10, 1893.]

[Mele are expressions carefully woven together, revealing what the composer and often times his or her community as a whole is feeling at the time of the composition, whether it be hope, pride, grief, disgust, anger, joy, pain, fear, &c., &c.]

*The kolea bird comes to Hawaii, gets fat off of the riches here, and then flies off.

(Hawaii Holomua, 4/15/1893, p. 2)

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Hawaii Holomua, Buke III, Helu 16, Aoao 2. Aperila 15, 1893.

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