Mele Hoʻala - Words & music by Mary Pûkui

Aia ka lā ma ka hikina
ʻUla wena i ka ʻili o ke kai
Ke hea mai nei i kuʻu kama lei
E ala, e ala ua ao

Pā mai ka makani aheahe
Hale ana i ke ʻala o nā pua
Ka pane mai nei me ka leo nahenahe
E ala, e ala ua ao

Ke ala mai nei kamaliʻi
Nā hoa launa o kuʻu lei
E laulima a e pāʻani pu
Ua ala o Laʻakea ua ao

The sun is rising in the east
It casts a red glow over the sea
It is calling to my beloved child
Awake, awake it is day

A light breeze wafts this way
Laden with perfume of flowers
It is saying in a gentle voice
Awake, awake it is day

The children are now awakening
The playmates of my dear child
To work and to play together
Laʻakea is awake, it is day


Source: The composer wrote this in 1949, for the birth of her first grandchild, following the Hawaiian tradition of composing a mele for important events.