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Kuʻu Lei Lehua - by Charles E. King

Aia me ʻoe kuʻu liʻa
E kuʻu lei lehua
I wili ʻia me maile lauliʻi
Aʻo ka uka o Panaʻewa
He lei a he wehi ʻoe
No kuʻu kino nei
A ʻo kou nani ke hoʻohihi mau ʻia
E ka malihini


Ahe lua ʻole ʻoe me kou nani
E kuʻu lei
Nawai e ʻole ka liʻa ʻia a me
Ka hoʻohihi ʻia
Aia no me ʻoe me ʻoe hoʻokahi
E lei lehua
E kuʻu lei lehua ke aloha,
Ke aloha pau ʻole kuʻu lei, lei lehua


E lei, kuʻu lei, lei lehua makamae
I nei puʻuwai a ʻo ʻoe koʻu hoapili
Pili mau me aʻu no na kau a kau
Aʻo ʻoe a ʻo wau ka i ʻike
I ka ʻeha huʻi koni a loko
Eia me aʻu ke aloha pauʻole nou
E kuʻu lei lehua

All my yearnings are for you
My lei of lehua
Entwined with fine-leaved maile
Of the upland of Pana’ewa
Your are a lei,
An adornment for my person
And your beauty much admired
By visitors


Your beauty is incomparable,
Lei of mine
Who can help longing for you and
Taking a fancy to you?
Yours, and yours alone,
O lei of lehua,
My lei of lehua the love,
The endless love, my lei, lehua lei


My lehua lei, precious to my heart
You are my mate, my companion
Throughout the season
You and I have felt
The throbbing of love within
Here with me is an endless love for you,
My lei lehua

Source: King’s Book of Hawaiian Melodies Copyright 1934, 43