The greatest of the mountains, 1883.

[From: “MELE INOA NO KEELIKOLANI.”]

A luna au o Hualalai
Ku au nana i ka lai
Apo ana ka malino i ka malie
Lohi ana kehau a hinu ke kai
Paa ana i ka pewe* piko o ka lai
Kahela ka olu i na kuahiwi
Kahiko mai la i na kualono
I ka luna kapukapu o Maunakea
Ke pookela ia o na kuahiwi
O ka oi kelakela o Hawaii
Haina ka pua i kaulana
O Keanolani no he inoa.

[Atop Hualalai am I
I stand and view the calm
Peace encircles serenity
The mist sparkles and the sea glitters
Fixed at the center of the stillness
Coolness spreads across the mountains
Adorning the ridges
At the sacred heights of Maunakea
The greatest of mountains
The supreme one of Hawaii
Tell of the famous descendant
A name song for Keanolani.]

[This is one of the verses of a name song for the Alii, Princess Ruta Keelikolani Keanolani Kanahoahoa Muolaulani Keikiheleloa Keanohalia Kaleonahenahe Kohalikolani.

*I can only find the term pewe in this mele. Has anyone seen it anywhere else?]

(Kuokoa, 6/16/1883, p. 3)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXII, Helu 24, Aoao 3. Iune 16, 1883.

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