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Kuʻu Lei Lilia - Bill Aliʻiloa Lincoln

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Aia i ka laʻi o Honomakaʻu
Ke ʻala lilia hoʻoheno poli

Mai kuhi mai ʻoe e ka Inuwai
Owau ke kupua kiaʻi loko

He kupua no wau no ke kai loa
No ka makani anu he Ulumano

Akahi a liʻa koʻu manaʻo
E kui i kuʻu pua, pua melia

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Ke ʻala lilia hoʻoheno poli




There in the calm of Honomakaʻu
The fragrance of lilies delights the heart

Don’t make a mistake, o Inuwai breeze
Of thinking that I am the demigod who guards the pond

I am a demigod from distant seas
From the land of the cold wind, the Ulumano

This is the first time that desire possesses me
To string a wreath of plumeria blossoms

This is the end of my song
Of the fragrance of lilies that delight the heart


Source: Na Mele Aloha - Honomakaʻu (Harbor of Fear) - There are 2 villages with this name. One in the Hilo district and another one in Kohala, Hawaiʻi. Ulumano is name of a wind in Kaʻu, Hawaiʻi and Kaneʻohe, Oʻahu. Translated by Mary Pukui Music clip by Gippy Cooke