Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) - Words & music by Charles King

Eia au ke kali nei
Aia la i hea kuʻu aloha

Eia au ke huli nei
A loaʻa ʻoe e ka ipo
Maha ka ʻiʻini a ka puʻuwai

Ua sila paʻa ʻia me ʻoe
Ko aloha makamae e ipo
Kaʻu ia e lei aʻe nei la

Nou no ka ʻiʻini (nou ka ʻiʻini)
A nou wale no (wale no)
A o ko aloha kaʻu e hiʻipoi mau

Naʻu ʻoe (naʻu ʻoe)
E lei (e lei)
Naʻu ʻoe e lei

A he haliʻa kai hiki mai
No kuʻu lei onaona
Pūlupe i ka ua

ʻAuhea ʻoe ka ʻiʻini a loko
Na loko aʻe ka manaʻo
Huʻe lani ana i kuʻu kino

Kuʻu pua kuʻu lei onaona
Aʻu i kui a lawa ia nei
Me ke ala pua pikake

A o ʻoe kuʻu pua (O ʻoe kuʻu pua)
Kuʻu pua lei lehua (lehua)

Aʻu e liʻa mau nei hoʻopaʻa
Ia iho ke aloha

He lei (he lei)
`Oe na`u (`oe na`u)
He lei `oe na`u

Here I am waiting
Where is my beloved
I've searched for you
Now that I've found you
Calm the desire of my heart
Sealed forever to you
Sweetheart you are so precious
I pledge my love to you alone
I desire you (desire)
True to you alone (alone)
With you joy will ever be mine
You're mine (you're mine)
Oh, my lei (Oh, lei)
You`re mine, my lei
Fond remembrance of the one who came
My fragrant lei
Drenched in the rain
Listen you, my heart's desire
To the thought within me
Open the heaven within my body
My flower, my fragrant lei
I will string and bind
Like the fragrant jasmine flower
You are my blossom (you, my blossom)
My lei of lehua (lehua)
My desire is always to be with and close
To my love
My lei (my lei)
You're mine
My lei, you're mine

Source: King's Blue Book, Copyright 1926, 1943 by Charles E. King - Commonly referred to as the Hawaiian Wedding Song, King said he wrote the song while convalescing in Queen's hospital in 1926 for his operetta,"Prince of Hawaiʻi". Introduced by the Royal Hawaiian Band, this song featured a duet by John Paoakalani Heleluhe and Lizzie Alohikea.