David Alapai and his mele inoa for Pele, 1919.

INTERESTING MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE LAVA SEASIDE OF ALIKA

When lava gushed forth upon the land of Alika, nearby the “building filled with tons of awa.” Sleeping there in that place was a man intoxicated on awa, and it was with great effort that this man drunken on awa escaped with his life. Just as that man got away did the “lava” engulf that building with its tons of awa. Right makai side of that awa storehouse the man had tied up his donkey and it is was seen that the lava had flowed off course and left behind this donkey belonging to that awa storehouse watchman. Several days later when that man was talking about his near escape from the lava, he told this funny story. “Pele does not have interest in Donkey meat, but she likes drinking awa. She waited a bit for me to get away from that building and then she drank all of our awa up, and to show her appreciation for this awa drinking party, she left behind my Donkey.” Continue reading

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Another mele for Kilauea Lighthouse, 1919.

In the Helen Roberts audio collection at the Bishop Museum, it seems that there is an actual recording of Wahinekeouli Pa performing this mele! [Haw 1.5a, track ] Wow.

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HE MELE NO KA HALE KUKUI O KILAUEA.

HALE IPUKUKUI O KILAUEA, KAUAI.

Nani wale ka uwila i Kilauea,
E anapa mai la i ka paia lani;
Hoike mai ana i kona nani,
He malamalama oi kelakela;
Helu ekahi a o Hawaii nei.
Ma ka lihi kai o ka Pakipika;
Ua ana pono ia kona enekini,
No kanaha mile kona mamao;
Kaomi lima ia iho ke pihi,
E niniu ia no umi kekona;
Hihiu na hana a ka Puakea,
He oi pakela a ke akamai;
I hana noeau ia e Palani,
Me na waihooluu like ole;
He kinohinohi ke ike aku,
Ka anapa a ka onohi kaimana,
Ua hanaia a ku i ka nani,
Molina wai gula anapanapa;
Ka papa dala ke kahua ia,
Ka hulali a ka wai hoohinuhinu;
Ua kohu lihilihi anuenue,
Ka alohi, ka anapa ke ike aku,
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
Hale kukui nani…

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The Lei Ilima Glee Club, 1919.

THE MEETING OF THE MUSICAL GROUP LEI ILIMA GLEE CLUB

To my dear torch of light, Solomon Hanohano, Esq., Aloha nui oe:—Please, patient captain, put the names of these officers in the Kuokoa Newspaper, the light that remains unextinguished in the Kauaula winds: Continue reading