Down on Maunakea Street, Peke Nui - Words & Music by Irmgard `Aluli


Down on Maunakea Street
Where lei ladies sit
Stringing all their lovely leis
You can't help but see

Peke Nui wahine ē
Calling, "Leis for sale!"
Malihinis, kānes, and wāhines
Stop there for a lei

Oh, oh, Peke rolls here great big eyes
Oh, oh, Peke never sighs
She whistles like a traffic cop
And bring that traffic to a stop
Then says, "Leis for sale", ("Hūi, Buy my leis!")

Peke Nui wahine ē
Calling, "Leis for sale!"
Malihinis, kānes, and wāhines
Cheer her on their way

Source: Hailama Farden from "Kani ka pila! The musical legacy of Irmgard Keali`iwahinealohanohokahaoPuamana Farden `Aluli - This mele was written in 1935, when the composer was teaching on Moloka`i. She recalled the old boat days when she would go to Maunakea Street and hear the lei sellers calling out, "Hûi, come buy my leis!" The leis were 10 cents a piece or 3 for a quarter.