“E O E Kalani Kaulilua” by Major Kealakai, 1924.


To the Kuokoa Newspaper; Aloha nui: So that people know the truth, I am Mekia Kealakai, the one who composed the kanikau of King Kalakaua, “E O E Kalani Kaulilua,” of the Kawaihau Glee Club which existed then. The ones who sang this dirge were these:

Jack Ailau (the leader); Solomon Hiram; Dan Kaleikoa; Mekia Kealakai; Charles P. Kaleikoa; Kemalia Kuhia; Silvester Kalama; Kaina Wiliokai; David L. Kalawaia; George Nawaakoa; R. W. Aylett; Z. Kapule; William Mulaka; Joseph Aea; and S. K. Kaiwi, judge of Kauai.

Only the Royal line of Kalakaua has the kuleana for this song, and that is why this song stood for 33 years without being sung; until the time when the commemorative events on this past Sunday, Feb. 17, 1924, by the Ahahui Ka Hale o na Alii.



(Kuokoa, 2/28/1924, p. 5)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 9, Aoao 5. Feberuari 28, 1924.

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