Mālolo (Flying Fish) - Words by Mary P. Robins. Music by John Noble 

Kaulana ka inoa o Mālolo
Mahimahi o ke kai o Maleka

He nani hiehie kou ʻoneki
Me ke anianiku e kilohi nei

Uluwehiwehi ke kaona i kaʻu ʻike
Ka auwaʻa Mālolo a Kamehameha

Hoʻokomo i ke awa a o Māmala
Me ke kapa ʻahuʻula kau poʻohiwi

Lei ana i ka pua ka liko lehua
ʻĀwili ʻia me maile lauliʻi

E ō e Mālolo i kou inoa
Ke kuini o ka moana Pākipikā
Famous is the name of the Mālolo
Dolphin in the sea of America 
 
Grand is your deck
Beautiful the upright mirrors 
 
I see the town so verdant and beautiful
The Mālolo like Kamehameha's canoe fleet 
 
Entering Māmala channel
Red feather cloaks worn on the shoulders
  
Wearing leis of lehua buds
Entwined with small leafed maile 
 
We call your name Mālolo, answer
Queen of the Pacific Ocean


Source: Noble's Hawaiian Hulas, Copyright 1963 Miller Music Corp - This mele has 11 verses and was written for the Matson liner, Mâlolo, (later re-named the Matsonia) that sailed between San Francisco and Hawai`i. In 1929, localites returning home compared their trip to ancient voyagers who sailed with Kamehameha I over the same route. Verse 5, stanza 1, from a distance the lehua lei looked like red feather cloaks, verse 4, stanza 2. The Matsonia served the Hawaiian Islands for 21 years and was finally sold in 1948. Translator unknown, Recorded by Kahauanu Lake Trio "Ke Po`okela"Album