Nā Aliʻi (The Chiefs) - by Samuel Kuahiwi

Aloha nā ʻahahui o nā aliʻi
Nā ʻliʻi mai nā kūpuna mai
E paʻa i nā ʻōlelo kaulana
E hele a moe i ke ala

Hū wale aʻe nā hoʻomanaʻo ʻana
Nō nā aliʻi kaulana
Ua pau ua hala lākou
A koe nō nā pua
Ua pau, ua hala lākou
A koe nō nā pua

E lei i ka lei haʻaheo o Hawaiʻi
Ka wehi hoʻi o nā ʻliʻi i hala
E paʻa ka manaʻo me ka lōkahi
E mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono

He aliʻi ʻo Kalani ua kaulana
Ka Nāpoliona o ka Pākīpika
E lei i ka wehi haʻaheo o Hawaiʻi
Nā hulu mamo like ʻole
E lei i ka wehi haʻaheo o Hawaiʻi
Nā hulu mamo like ʻole

ʻImi nui ʻo Maleka o lōliʻi
Ka wehi hoʻi o nā ʻliʻi i hala
ʻAʻole nō naʻe e like aku
Me ka mea noʻeau he kupuna

He aliʻi o ka lani ua kaulana
Ke ʻahi kananā o ka Pākīpika
Nānā nō i ulupā nā pae moku
A pau ma lalo ona
Nānā nō i ulupā nā pae moku
A pau ma lalo ona

Aloha to the assemblies of chiefs
The chiefs from long lines of ancestors
Hold fast to the famous words
"To go and sleep by the way"


Recalling of the fond recollections
Of the famous chiefs
It is finished. They have passed
Only their descendants remain
It is finished. They have passed
Only their descendants remain

Wear Hawaiʻi's lei of pride

The adornment of the chief now gone
Hold fast to the thought in unity
The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

The heavenly one was a famous chief
The Napoleon of the Pacific
Wear Hawaiʻi's lei of pride
The many kinds of bird
feathers
Wear Hawaiʻi's lei of pride
The many kinds of bird
feathers

Peaceful America sought fully

To restore the beauties of the chiefs of old
But they cannot compare
With the things that
your ancestors had

The heavenly one was a famous chief
The mighty warrior of the Pacific
He conquered all of the islands
And brought them under his rule
He conquered all of the islands

And brought them under his rule

Source: King's Hawaiian Melodies Copyright 1930, 43 - This song is dedicated to the Order of Kamehameha. Verse 1, stanza 4 is from Kamehameha Nui's Law of the Splintered Paddle. The 2nd verse incorporates the 1843 statement of Kamehameha III given at Kawaiahaʻo Church, the motto of Hawaiʻi. Translation by Donald Mitchell