Lyr Add: Na Lei O Hawaii (Song of the Islands)
Subject: Lyr Add: Na Lei O Hawaii (Song of the Islands)|
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 02:06 PM
Lyr. Add: Na Leo O Hawaii (Song of the Islands)
Charles E. King, Hawaiian lyrics and melody.
Nani Hawai'i ka moku o
Lei ha'aheo i ka lehua
A me ka maile a'o
Kilakila o Maui lâ iâ
Ua kapu roselani
A no'u ho'okahi wale nô
Ohu'ohu O'ahu i ka''ilima
He kohu manu ô'ô
Hulu melemele o ke
Lei Kaua'i i ka mokihana
Laua'e o Makana
'O ka'u aloha nô ia
Kaulana Moloka'i i ka ulu
A me ka wai lele a'o
O Ni'ihau, Kaho'olawe,
Ho'oheno me ka pûpû
Ka hinahina me ke
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka
Lei o Hawai'i
Nâ lei o Hawai'i e ô mai.
"Song of the Islands"
Beautiful Hawai'i, island of Keawe
Proud of its garland of lehua
And the mantle of Pana'ewa.
Grand is Maui with Haleakalâ
The sacred rose
Is for you alone.
Oah'u wears the 'ilima lei with pride
As beautiful as the manu ô'ô
The yellow bird of the mountains.
'Kaua'i's garland is the mokihana
Laua'e of Makana
The admiration of my heart.
Famous is Moloka'i preserved by the kuku'i
And the waterfall of Moa'ula
Ni'ihau, Kaho'olawe and Lâna'i
Cherish their garlands of pû'û shells
The hina and kauna'oa
Tell the refrain of
Leis of Hawai'i
Leis of Hawai'i, respond.
Na Lei O Hawaii
This site has a midi that follows the original melody, which has been much varied in the many interpretations on record.
' = glottal stop. Frequent in Hawaiian words.
lehua- red flowered shrub
MokuoKeawe- a high chief of the island of Hawai'i (the 'Big' island)
Pana'ewa- a forest in the Hilo district of the island of Hawai'i
Roselani (lokelani)- a pink flower of Maui.
Haleakalâ- the volcano of Maui ('house of the Sun')
'ilima- Yellow flower of Oah'u
mokihana- purple flower of Kaua'i
Makana- a district in Kaua'i noted for the fragrant laua'e fern.
kuku'i- green-flower of Moloka'i
Lanikaula- a prophet, his spirit preserved in the kuku'i trees of his grove.
Moa'ula- waterfall in Halawa Valley, east side of Lâna'i.
Kauna'oa- orange flower of Lâla'i.
Pûpû- white shell, famous for the shell necklaces only made with these shells.
Hinahina- flower of Kaho'olawe, gray.
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Na Lei O Hawaii (Song of the Islands)|
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 02:23 PM
Verse 2 Haleakalâ
pûpû also hinahina (not hina)
Kauna'oa- orange flower of Lâna'i
Lehua- Assumes small tree proportions in some forests.
Kuku'i- a tree, the nuts often made into necklaces ('leis'). The oil in these nuts is very inflammable; in the old days the nuts could be used for light. If not properly cured for 'leis', the contents develop a horrible stink. The tree is common on a short trail to a waterfall above Honolulu.
mele- music or song.