Fun pair of mele, 1892.

HE MAU MELE.

HOOHENO O KA PUA OHAWAI

1.  Auhea oe e ka nani,
E ke onaona o ka Ohawai,
A he waiwai ko aloha ua kilaia,
Eia ma nei puuwai.

Hui: E kuu Lei Aloha e,
Mai manao kuhihewa oe,
Ko aloha wale no ka’u mea nui,
E lei hookahi ae nei. Continue reading

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A mele for the ohai blossoms of Lihue, Kauai, 1895.

PUA OHAI

E walea ae ana i ka nani
I ka maikai o Lihue
Akahi hoi au a ike maka
Ka makani hui o ke kehau
Pa iho i ke kihi o ka aina
Aohe lelepi a koe aku
Hana no oe a wikani
Hoohoa mai oe la ia anei
Aole no au e kuhau ana
A he Hawaii alo ehuehu
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Now this is how it is done, 1919.

MAUI BEAUTY SONG

I Maui au a huli hoi mai,
Loheia mai ana ua meahou,
Ma ka leka au a i ike iho ai,
Na hana hakuepa a ka lokoino;
Owau ka i lawe olelo ia,
He kahuna lapaau hoopunipuni,
O ko’u Makua lani maluna,
O ko’u mua ia ma ka’u hana.
O Kona mana piha ko’u aahu,
O Kana olelo ka’u ai ia,
Ka Uhane Hemolele ko’u Alakai,
A kuu kino a e haaheo nei. Continue reading

Chicken or egg? Did this come before the still popular mele, “Kukuna o ka La”? 1921.

HULA HA’I MEAHOU.

O ke anuenue ko’u papale,
Hokuwelowelo ko’u lipine.
Hae ka ilio ma Puuloa,
He alahula ia na Kaahupahau.
Nanea i ka holo a ke kaaahi,
Ua like me ka lio waha uaua.
Ka ihona au a o Kekele,
Ike i ka nani a o Kilohana.
Hele kuu hoa a maeele,
Aole wai e maalili ai. Continue reading