This performance must have been something to see! 1875.

Great Hawaiian Royal Concert

To be given by the Famous Choir of Kawaiahao, under the Direction of Her Highness the Chiefess Lilia K. Dominis, assisted by His Highness the Chief W. P. Leleiohoku, in Kawaiahao Church on this coming Saturday, June 12. Continue reading

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Mrs. Kala composes mele for John E. Bush, 1893.

HE WEHI NO LE’AKAHELE.

He wehi keia no Le’akahele
Kahi’apaiole o ka Makakila
He Elele hopo ole na ka Lahui
He imi kaulike no Hawaii
Na Le’akahele i hue pau aku
Ma ke Telegarapa lawe olelo
Hoike ana hoi me ka wiwo ole
No Hawaii moku kele i ke kai Continue reading

A Mele for Queen Kapiolani composed by Mrs. Kala, 1893.

HE INOA NO NAPELAKAPU.

He inoa keia no Kapiolani
Napelakapu i ka Wekiu
He kuini hoi oe no Hawaii
Puuwai hamama no ka lahui
Imia ana hoi oe me ka noeau
I ka pono kau like a o Hawaii
Lohea kou leo e pae ana
Hooulu lahui ko’u makia
Hea mai ka leo Napelakapu
Me ka nawali hoi me ka nanahe
Nahenahe ko leo i pae mai
I kaui ana mai pehea wau Continue reading

A mele for Queen Liliuokalani by Mrs. Nahaukapu, 1894.

He Lei No Liliuokalani

He lei he wehi nou e Kalani
O Liliu i ka walu o na lani
Aia i Hawaii ko lei alii
Ka onohi kaimana o ke aupuni
Mai puni oe i ka mali a ka u’a
A ka ili puakea o Maleka
Huli mai ko alo kapu e Kalani
E aloha i ke kupa o ka aina
Aia i ka poho o ko lima
Ke ola o ka lahui Hawaii
Ua ike Makalii me Kaelo
Ua lohe ka uwila ka pae opua
A he pua o Kalani aia iluna
Ke kiekie no i Halealii
Haina ka wohi nona ka lei
O Liliu i ka walu o na lani.

Aia i Maui ko lei alii
Ka luna kiekie Haleakala
Alawa iho oe o Waialeale
Ka popohe a ka pua o ka ohelo
A he pua nani loa helu ekahi
Ua like me ka lauae o Makana
He makana lei momi nou e Kalani
Na ke Kuini mai o Pelekane
Haina ka wohi nona ka lei
O Liliu i ka walu o na lani. Continue reading

Hawaiian naval flag? 1887.

THE HAWAIIAN NAVY FLAG.

The Hawaiian Navy flag, from a design by Mrs. Strong, contains in the center, on a white back ground, a gold crown resting on a yellow shield. The shield contains a white tabu stick [puloulou], crossed by two red kahilis, Continue reading

Commentary on Hawaiian Music and Liliu’s “Mele Lahui Hawaii,” 1867.

Hawaiian Music.—It is something to hear of Hawaiians, who but a few years ago, as a nation, possessed no other songs but the semi-barbarous Meles of their ancestors, and no other music than the montonous “ah—ah,——o—oo—u—uu,” of former years,—it is something pleasingly new to have to note the appearance of a neatly lithographed sheet of music for sale in the bookstore, both the words and music of which were composed by a Hawaiian lady. The title describes the sentiments expressed in the composition—”He Mele Lahui Hawaii,” or, in English, “A Hawaiian National Hymn.” The words are not rhyme, but read smoothly, with the euphony characteristic of the Hawaiian tongue, and the music is very sweet, the first few bars resembling those of the popular song of “Hazel Dell.” When sung by a full choir of natives, many of whom, male and female, have well managed voices of peculiar sweetness of tone, the “National Hymn,” expressing as it does both piety and patriotism, cannot fail to become popular. The lithography is very creditably done at Newcomb & Co’s book-bindery. We subjoin a translations of the words:

Almighty Father, bend thine ear,
And list the nation’s prayer,
That lowly bows before thy throne,
And seeks thy fostering care.
Grant thy peace throughout the land,
O’er each sunny sea-girt isle;
Keep the nation’s life, O Lord,
And upon our Sovereign smile. Continue reading