Me Ka Nani A`o Kaupo (The Beauty of Kaupo) - by John Piilani Watkins

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ʻO ʻoe hoʻi mai holoholo kaʻa
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo
Ke ala nui kikeʻekeʻe lā
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo

Pumehana me ke aloha na ka malihini
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo
I ka leo o ka makamaka lā

Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo
Kuʻu lei i ka maile a he onaona
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo
Kuʻu lei i ka hanaohano lā
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo
Kuʻu onaona i ka maile lā
Me ka nani aʻo Kaupo

 


John Pi`ilani Watkins

 
Come let's go for a car ride
And see the beauty of Kaupo
The road has many turns
The beauty of Kaupo

Warm with aloha for the guest
And see the beauty of Kaupo
In the voice of a friend
The beauty of Kaupo

My lei of maile wafts sweetness
And see the beauty of Kaupo
My lei in the place of honor
The beauty of Kaupo

Tell the theme
And see the beauty of Kaupo
My sweetness of the maile
The beauty of Kaupo
 

Source: McKee Collection - The road to Kaupo, beyond Hana and Kipahulu is winding and treacherous, but the beauty is praised in this mele. The residents name 13 different types of winds, including the Kipahulu zephyr or the love-snatching wind of "Ka Makani Kā`ili Aloha". There are 10 different types of rain, each identified with names and personalities. Translator unknown. Music clip by Lani Lee