Lanakila ʻIaukea - Ernest Kaai

He aloha ʻāina puʻuwai
O ka ʻoni paʻa
Kū kilakila no ka lahui
Neʻe ēwe o Hawaiʻi a
Kāu i ka lanakila
E ka moho ʻIaukea

Na ka I me ka Mahi
Nei lei mamo liko
Ō iwi ponoʻī no ka iwi kuamoʻo
A imua e ka alo
Me na mana koho
A lanakila ʻoi ʻIaukea

Lalau i ke ihe
Me ka mahiole
Ke kahua mokomoko pahu pāloka
I nui e ke aho
A e na pōkiʻi
A welo e ka hae ʻIaukea

Hui:
Kui ia e ka lei
Lei hiwahiwa
Wili ia ke aloha
Me ka lōkahi
I hōkū alakaʻi ʻIaukea

The land is the love of my heart
Together let us move to build
A proud nation and
Stimulate the birth of Hawai`i
Your victory is with
The candidate, ʻIaukea

Belonging to the I and Mahi family
This young man has
A strong native background
Go forward with the favorite
And powerful candidate
Victory is best with ʻIaukea

Don’t make a mistake
Cast your ballot for this valiant warrior
With the platform
That is much better
Young voters
ʻIaukea will fight vigorously for your ancestral rights

Chorus:
Weave a lei
Precious, esteemed lei
Woven with love
And unity
Your outstanding leader is ʻIaukea


Curtis Iaukea

Source: G. Cooke Collection - Curtis Piʻehu ʻIaukea, (1855–1940) served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi during the reigns of King David Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. He served the monarchy as a  highly competent one-man Diplomatic Corps and with the exception of King Kalākaua, was the most traveled member of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He was the administration's special envoy to the Coronation of Czar Alexander III of Russia, and accompanied Queen Julia Kapiʻolani to the United  States, serving as her interpreter with President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland. He traveled to the United Kingdom with Queen Kapiʻolani to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, and returned to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, as one of the representatives of the Republic of Hawaiʻi, created July, 1894. After Hawaiʻi was annexed to the United States in August, 1898, and became the Territory of Hawaiʻi, ʻIaukea entered local politics. This song was composed for his political campaign. He held the office of Sheriff of Honolulu 1907-1909. In the memoirs of Curtis Piʻehu ʻIaukea, King Kalākaua favored a bill, considered extravagant by conservatives, to cover the cost of educating several Hawaiian youths abroad. Robert Wilcox was one of the first three of 18 young Hawaiians (17 males and 1 female) that participated in the "Study Abroad Program" sponsored by the King between 1880 and 1887. Program participants were sent to Italy (5), Scotland (3), England (3), United States (4), Japan (2) and China (1). This initiative was admired by his supporters and scorned by his enemies. A 1988 article in the "Hawaiian Journal of History" by Agnes Quigg, traces the progress of all 18 students and points out that upon the imposition of the "Bayonet Constitution" that curtailed Kalākaua's power in 1887, the so called "Reformed Cabinet" recalled most of the students home.