Mele Lānaʻi - Words & music by Val Kepilino

 
He mele kēia ʻāina ʻo Lānaʻi
Ka huina liʻiliʻi o nā mokupuni
Liʻiliʻi ka mana`o me ka ʻōlelo
Mea nui o nā moku `āina

Kona pua ponoʻī ke kaunaʻoa
Ua ʻoi kona uʻi mua ka lehua
Ka waihoʻoluʻu like me ke kula
Pili me kūkuna o ka lā

Ka mea nui o kēia ʻailana
Ka hala kahiki hoʻowaiwai
E hoʻokaulana ʻoe kou inoa
ʻImi ola no ka lehulehu

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Pumehana kou inoa aʻo Lānaʻi
Liʻiliʻi ʻoe ke aloha nui
He manaʻo poina ʻole

Here is my song of Lānaʻi
One of the little islands of Hawaiʻi
Though it be little in words and thoughts
It is a very important island

Her own flower is the kaunaʻoa
She has her own beauty as the lehua of Hawaiʻi
The dye of her color is like gold
Almost a duplicate of the rays of the sun

This island is recognized for
The pineapple that brings her wealth
Her name is known everywhere
It brings prosperity to the population

Now ends my song of Lānaʻi
Lānaʻi, your name is warmly recalled
Though you are small, you are greatly loved
You'll never be forgotten

Source: Momi Aarona-Kepilino - Written at the request of the composerʻs sisters who rode on the Lānaʻi float at the Kamehmeha Day parade, 1948. © 1948 Val Kepilino