More on Ipo Lei Manu, 1892.

[Found under: “LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.]

The Bulletin acknowledges the receipt of the music and words of two hula kuis—”Ipo Lei Manu” and “Pua Melekule”—the first ever printed. They have been copyrighted by Mr. W. F. Reynolds of the Golden Rule Bazaar, in both the Hawaiian Islands and the United States. A few copies arrived by the last steamer, which can be had at the Bazaar at fifty cents a copy.

[One year after the death of King Kalakaua, the mele gets copyrighted by someone who obviously did not compose it, as so often happens to Hawaiian music. What is interesting is that I have not found any public performances in Hawaii of this song until after 1924.]

“Ka Ipo Lei Manu,” 1891.

KALANI KAULILUA.

He manao he aloha
Na ka ipo lei manu
Ua manu kuu hoa
Noho mai ka nahele
Iiwi o uka
Polena i ka ua
Elua maua
I ka po ua nui
Ua o Hanalei
Anu au maeele
Ua anu hoi au
I ka ua noe anu
Na hau o Maihi
Au ana i ke kai
Na ulu o Weli
Ponuhu mai ana
Mapu mai ana
Ke ala o ka Hala
Hala o Mopuena [Mapuana]
Onaona i ka ihu
Ke ala pua Loke
Hone na ka manao
Naue kuu kino
Ko hiki ana mai
Haina ia ka puana
O ka Lani Kaulilua.

[A song attributed to Queen Kapiolani for her King that travelled afar; it is still widely sung today and more commonly known by the title “Ka Ipo Lei Manu”. This is perhaps the first time it appears in the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers. It was published in the issue immediately following the issue announcing the death of King Kalakaua.]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 2/2/1891, p. 2)

KALANI KAULILUA.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 120, Aoao 2. Feberuari 2, 1891.