Speaking of mokihana, 1925.

“Lei I Ka Mokihana,” Song of Kauai, Comes Out in Print; to Send Copies to John Rodgers

A little over two months after “Lei I Ka Mokihana” was sung by the Kauai Hawaiian Chorus, winner of the recent Territorial contest held at the Oliver’s Tabernacle, at the Kawaiahao church and the KGU station at The Advertiser, on the evening of the 16th of July last, the first printed copies were received from Scholz, Erickson & Co., of San Francisco, about two weeks ago when Comdr. Rodgers and his crew of the PN-9-1 were found. Continue reading

Mele for Queen Liliuokalani, composed by Mrs. J. L. Kaleiakalahui Crabbe, 1893.

ILIHIA I KA NANI.

1—E Liliu,
Lani hoi a makou;
O ka Wohi
Lani Oe a ka Lahui
Ke Alii nui hoi,
Hoano loa;
Nou na kapu,
Ilihia wale makou.

Hui:—Hawaii Kuokoa!
Hawaii nani mau,
E mau oe;
Welo mau
Kou Hae nani,
Ma na kapakai
O ka Pakipika.

2—E Loloku,
Lani hoi a ka Lahui;
Eia makou
Na makaainana Ou,
Ua eha i ke aloha,
O ka aina;
No ka Moi o Hawaii,
Me ka Lahui.

Cho:—Hawaii Kuokoa! &c.

3—E ka Makua,
Mana o na Lani;
E maliu mai Oe,
Ia makou;
A he noi a he ui keia,
E mau aku o ka Ea,
O ka aina,
E ola Hawaii,
A mau loa.

Cho:—Hawaii Kuokoa! &c.

Hakuia e
Mrs. J. L. Kaleiakalahui Crabbe.
Honolulu, Feb. 28, 1892 [1893]. Continue reading

A himeni for Queen Liliuokalani composed by Mrs. E. K. Naipo, 1893.

LILIUOKALANI.

E ola o Liliuonalani,
E paa i ka noho o ka lanakila,
E mau Kou ihikapu Lani,
Ma na kaiaulu o Hawaii.

Hui:
E o mai oe e Liliulani,
Ka wahine puuwai hao kila,
Silaia i paa ko Aupuni,
Me ka pono kuokoa o ka Lahui.

2
E mau Kou hilinaiia,
E Ou mau makaainana,
Me ka puuwai aloha aina,
Aina kaulana i ka hanohano.

3
E hoi e Liliu i Ko kapu,
I ka Noho Kalaunu i Halealii,
He Alii i poniia e na Lani,
I Moiwahine no Hawaii.

[The song above was composed by Mrs. E. K. Naipo of Honopueo, North Kohala, Hawaii, on the 18th past, for the benefit of the Manaolanakila Glee Club, and we happily publish it. Editor.] Continue reading

A mele by Helina Kaiwaokalani written at the leprosy receiving station in Kalihi, 1891.

KA HOME A KE ALOHA.

Nani wale kuu home ku kilakila
I ka ulu wehiwehi o na pua
Hookahi pua oi ma kuu home
O ka pua melia lei onaona
Onaona na maka o kuu makua
I ka noho i ka malu lau ohai
Eia au la ko lei mamo
Malalo o ka mana o ka Papa Ola
He aloha e ka leo o kuu makua
I ke kaukau mai me ka waimaka
Mehe ‘la a e i mai ana ia’u
He aloha kuu hoapili o ka hale
Kuu hoa i ka hale lana i ke kai
I ke kai malihini o Kawaihae
Kau aku ka manao no Waimea
E ike i ka ua kipuupuu
Alo aku o ke anu a o Mana
E kilohi i ka nani o Maunakea
Ilaila makou i luana ai
Me o’u kupuna a i hala aku
Haina ia mai ana ka puana
He aloha pau ole no kuu home.

Miss Kaiwaokalani.
Kalihi, July 14, 1891. Continue reading

A song honoring Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, 1912.

HE MELE NO DUKE KAHANAMOKU

Kaulana Hawaii a puni ke Ao,
Ia oe e Duke Kahanamoku;
Nau i alo aku na kai loa,
Pakipika me ka Atelanika;
Haalele mai oe i ke one hanau,
Maluna o ka mokuahi Honolulana;
Ike oe i ka nani o Maleka,
Ma neia hana he heihei au;
Ike oe i ka hau-oki o Kaleponi,
Me ka uluwehi o ka Ipuka Gula;

Haalele oe i ka nani o Kaleponi,
No na kulanakauhale o ka Hikina;
Peneselavania ame Nu Ioka,
No ke komo i ka hui Olimapika;
Ku’i mai ka lono puni Hawaii,
Ua lanakila oe Duke Kahanamoku;
He moho Au hoi no Ameria,
E paa i ka moto haneri-mita;
Heihei Au nui o ke Ao nei,
Kulanakauhale o Sekokahama. Continue reading

Please take the time to answer a short survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives, 2020.

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It has been a year and a half since we shared a survey from the Bishop Museum Library & Archives. I think they would again appreciate it if you could help them by:

(1) Taking the survey.

(2) Sharing the survey with as many  people as you can.

We hope you’ve been enjoying our #MeleMonday series highlighting content found in the Roberts Mele Collection. As we near the end of the Welo Hou project, we humbly ask for your feedback via this short survey. Your participation is much appreciated and will help us assess how we can better serve our community moving forward.

Welo Hou Survey! 2020.

Did you see the call for responses for survey from the Welo Hou project (Mele Mondays) from Bishop Museum? The photo below is of Kamehaitu Helela of Hanapepe. She was just one of the many people who shared their knowledge of mele with Helen H. Roberts, who went around the islands in 1923–24 collecting and recording mele.

Click anywhere on this page to be taken to the survey! And please pass it around to people you know as well. I am sure they would appreciate it!