A sailor’s song, 1919.

HE MELE HOOAEAE HOONI I KA MAKEMAKE.

Makemake au e ike ia Kaleponi,
I kela aina a ka nani me ka maikai i noho ai,
Maikai aku ke kaikuono o Hukekona,
O ka oi aku no o Laehao me Aukaki,
He home aloha ia na ka holokahiki;
I aloha au i ka holehole a ka Hulipahu,
I na olelo ku i ke aloha a ke kolomeki,
Akipolo ka make ua ikea ka ia,
Piha i ka olioli na alii me na kela;
Aka iki ke kilinahana ua piha ka moku,
Lu pau na pe’a lulu ka moana,
Hooiho ka moku i ka peuwini o Oahu ka ihu,
Ku ka lu-kau nana ma ka puka makani;
Ikea aku la ka mea kupaianaha o ka aina
Ka uka o Nuuanu ke hanaia mai la e ka ua;
Ahonui ka pua kamakahala e hana ia mai la,
E maiau ia mai la e ke kawelu o na pali;
A ka la ohi o ke kaki ikea ka nele,
E aho iho no kahi poola o Honolulu,
He ola no i kahi lehelehe pipi,
He wahi aloha no ka ua liilii la o Manoa.

[Did you see the alternate version of this mele posted today on the “Welo Hou” blog at the Bishop Museum?]

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1 thought on “A sailor’s song, 1919.

  1. Mahalo nui! Looking forward to putting a leo to this mele. I will share when complete. The only mele hoaeae I learned from Kumu Kalena is also related to whaling, but to see Alaska!

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