Mele by Hiiaka upon leaving Halemaumau, 1894.

[Found under: “He Kaao Hoonaue Puuwai no Puakaohelo”]

Ke ku nei au e hele e
A noho e na wahine o ka lua
O ka poe ino o lakou nei
E mana ka ia’u e hele e
E hele no wau e

[I depart
And the women of the pit remain
Hateful are they
I take the mana and go
I go]

[This mele is used to highlight a scene of departure in a story unrelated to Hiiaka. The use of mele in story to elicit a desired feeling is one employed often in traditional storytelling. The writer introduces this mele saying that he recalls the first mele of Hiiakaikapoliopele when she leaves for the last time her beloved home of Halemaumau.

Did you see today’s “Welo Hou” post? It is about a similar mele that was used among hula people. Click here to check it out!]

(Kuokoa, 5/12/1894, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXIII, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Mei 12, 1894.

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