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A luna au o Hualalai
Ku au nana i ka lai
Apo ana ka malino i ka malie
Lohi ana kehau a hinu ke kai
Paa ana i ka pewe* piko o ka lai
Kahela ka olu i na kuahiwi
Kahiko mai la i na kualono
I ka luna kapukapu o Maunakea
Ke pookela ia o na kuahiwi
O ka oi kelakela o Hawaii
Haina ka pua i kaulana
O Keanolani no he inoa.
[Atop Hualalai am I
I stand and view the calm
Peace encircles serenity
The mist sparkles and the sea glitters
Fixed at the center of the stillness
Coolness spreads across the mountains
Adorning the ridges
At the sacred heights of Maunakea
The greatest of mountains
The supreme one of Hawaii
Tell of the famous descendant
A name song for Keanolani.]
[This is one of the verses of a name song for the Alii, Princess Ruta Keelikolani Keanolani Kanahoahoa Muolaulani Keikiheleloa Keanohalia Kaleonahenahe Kohalikolani.
*I can only find the term pewe in this mele. Has anyone seen it anywhere else?]
The story printed in the Kuokoa pertaining to the death of Samuel Kekuiapoiwa on the 23rd of June past on the shores of Hanapepe; that he was well known for his good deeds and there was a expression of love for him in our Kilohana* on July 17; he was none other than a descendant of Kamehameha V. This is his whole name—Kapuaiwa Kamehameha V Kekuiapoiwa.
Here is the explanation: Kapuaiwa Kamehameha V was with Maheha and born was Keanolani (f); Continue reading →
BIRTHDAY OF HER HIGHNESS RUTH KEANOLANI KEELIKOLANI.
It became an unforgettable day for the many who gathered at Kaakopua in Honolulu nei, on this past Thursday, February 9, 1882, those being the people who were sent an invitation, and not only people of Honolulu, but from all over the Archipelago; they totaled more than a thousand and went to express their congratulations to and beloved prayers for her highness turning sixty-three years from when she was born, for she was born on the 9th of February of the year 1818, and so she has indeed reached an old age, and she is the very last descendent of the Kamehamehas still living. Continue reading →