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The Hawaiian National Anthem.—A few days ago, this mele was printed, of which the lyrics and music were composed by one of our young royals, Mrs. Lilia K. Dominis. The words are well chosen, and are worthy of the reverence of patriotism. The music is soft and sweet to our ears. The image in front was drawn by Robert W. Andrews [Rabati W. Anaru], with kahili on both sides, and if you look good, it appears as if the kahili are growing from amongst taro leaves and the hollows of trees; and the crawling of maile and the cascading of ferns. The National Anthem of Hawaii nei was printed skillfully by Thomas Cross of the Book Bindery of Newcomb and Company. This song is now for sale at the bookstore of Whitney at a reasonable cost, a quater. O Patriotic hearts, you must go and purchase this national anthem of your land of birth.
(Au Okoa, 5/30/1867, p. 2)
Ke Au Okoa, Buke III, Helu 6, Aoao 2. Mei 30, 1867.
The Hawaiian National Anthem—We just saw the first printings, drawn on and printed on stone [lithograph] by some haole of this town, they being Robert Newcomb [Papa Nukama] and Thomas Cross [Toma Kea]. The notes and lyrics were printed first on the stone by Robert W. Andrews [Robata W. Anaru], a haole boy born in Hawaii nei. The notes and lyrics were carved finely into the stone.
[I just saw a post by Nanea Armstrong-Wassel on the Hawaiian Historical Society’s Facebook page mentioning that among its many treasures is a copy of this sheet music! This is but just one of their countless links to the past! Priceless!!