Sina in the moon, 1929.

TAKEN BY THE MOON

There was a great famine spread across the land of Samoa, and Sina was sitting in the sunlight beating her kapa while next to her was her child sleeping as its face was distorted in hunger. When the moon rose above the fruit trees, the thought came upon Sina to ask the moon to give them fruit to eat, saying. Continue reading

Mele inoa for Queen Kapiolani, 1881.

A Name Song.

For Queen Kapiolani Napelakapu; from Holoholoku comes this mele for the wife of Aikanaka, the King of Kauai; Hinaaikamala [Hinaaikamalama] was the wife of Aikanaka; which was recorded by S. Hinau. A small portion was copied here below.

Nani kuu hilahila e noho nei-e
Hele wale ka manene a ka lima-e
A ka laulau hoi mai-e
Hohoi maua me kuu nele-e
Me ka hilahila pau pu no-e
Ahi loloko wewela i ka makemake-e
I ka hu-honua a ka waimaka-e
O kuu maka kai ike i ka eha-e
Halanalana no e hanini-e
Kahanu kolopaa oia hanu-e
Ka lapalapa huila o ke kanaka-e
Ka hinu holo ia a ke aloha-e
Nana i kuikui nawali au-e
Nakunaku ka pua hau i ka wai e-e
Napanapa ka lau ke ike ku-e
He ukiuki keia i ka lono-e
Lono wau ua pa kanaka oe-e.

[This can also be seen in the mele “Nani Kuu Maka e Au Wale Nei-e,” found on pages 264–267, of Na Mele Aimoku, Na Mele Kupuna, a me Na Mele Ponoi o ka Moi Kalakaua I. It is credited to Niau. There is also an appended note that the top of this mele has been lost.

It is also unfortunate that this newspaper, Ka Elele Poakolu, is still not available online in any form.]

(Elele Poakolu, 5/11/1881, p. 2)

He Mele Inoa.

Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke II, Helu 10, Aoao 2. Mei 11, 1881.