Ē Māmā Ē - Words & music by Hiram Kaehu

Ē Māmā ē mai uwē ʻoe
Hele aʻe nō au
A huli hoʻi mai

Hele ʻia i ka lā o ka leʻale'a
A komo ke aloha
A huli hoʻi mai

O wau kau i kapa mai ai
He līʻō Kaleponi
Piʻi nō ka hui

O ka piʻi no kau a ka piʻolani
O ka lina poepoe
Hoʻokahi mile

I laila ʻoe i kākele ʻia ʻai
He ʻole ka puni Kapiʻolani paka

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Ē māmā ē
Mai uwē ʻoe

Dearest mother I cry for you
I am leaving
But, I will return

This day I leave my joy
Based on charity
But, I will return

I am summoned
To California and am frightened
But will persevere as part of the group

I travel inland to a high point
To the race track
One mile

There I will eat and perform my best

And not be overcome by emotion at Kapiʻolani Park

Tell the refrain
Dearest mother
I cry for you


Source: Johnny Noble’s Royal Collection of Hawaiian Songs - Written in the 1920's, this is a favorite of the falsetto singing style. © 1928 John Noble Rights throughout the world controlled by Miller Music Corp. Translator unknown, Edited by Dr. Barbara Price