Theodore Kelsey reminisces about his life on Kauai and in Palolo, 1948.

A Hawaiian Lament
By THEODORE KELSEY
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One of the most cherished memories of the writer’s life is that of himself as a small barefoot boy, when, with his mother, his little girl playmate and sweetheart, and others less remembered, he made a midnight visit from his home in Ke-kaha, on the enchanted island of Kau’ai, traveling in a horse-drawn, vehicle to the far-famed “Barking Sands,” at Mana’ (mah-nah’), lovingly called by the Hawaiians “Ke One Kani o No-hili—”The Sounding Sand of No-hili.” Continue reading

The greatest of the mountains, 1883.

[From: “MELE INOA NO KEELIKOLANI.”]

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?]

(Kuokoa, 6/16/1883, p. 3)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXII, Helu 24, Aoao 3. Iune 16, 1883.

Emma Ahuena Taylor remembers Princess Ruth Keelikolani, 1935.

PRINCESS RUTH KEELIKOLANI, HAUGHTY BUT KIND, BELOVED ALII OF OLD DAYS

Her Highness Princess Ruth Keelikolani seemed to have always been in my life.

When she came to stay at Wailuakio (Palama), she would always spend the night in my mother’s home. For her retinue was large and my mother’s home was a convenient place to entertain them all. Continue reading

Ikeia Kau na Wahine, he Kau ka makani, 1883.

[Found with: “KE ALII KIEKIE RUTH KEELIKOLANI: UA HALA! UA NALO!!”]

Ikeia Kau na Wahine, he Kau ka makani,
He umauma i pa ia e ka Moae,
E ka unulau, o Makounulau,
Ina aku no la i Unulau,
Ka wahine kaili pua o Paiahaa,
Hahai, alualu, puahala,
O Kamilo, pae kanaka e—— Continue reading