Queen Liliuokalani’s composition not credited here in original or translation, 1867.

Hawaiian Music.—It is something to hear of Hawaiians, who but a few years ago, as a nation, possessed no other songs but the semi-barbarous Meles of their ancestors, and no other music than the montonous “ah—ah,——o—oo—u—uu,” of former years,—it is something pleasingly new to have to note the appearance of a neatly lithographed sheet of music for sale in the bookstore, both the words and music of which were composed by a Hawaiian lady. The title describes the sentiments expressed in the composition—”He Mele Lahui Hawaii,” or, in English, “A Hawaiian National Hymn.” Continue reading

Hawaiian National Hymn, 1883.

KE MELE LAHUI.

Composed by Her Highness
Princess Liliuokalani.

1.

Ka Makua Mana Loa
Maliu mai ia makou
E Haliu aku nei
Me ka naau haahaa
E mau ka maluhia
O nei Paeaina
Mai Hawaii a Niihau
Malalo o Kou malu
E Ola! E Ola ka Moi!

Cho.—E mau ke Ea o ka Aina
Ma Kou pono mau
A ma Kou mana nui
E Ola! E Ola ka Moi. Continue reading