Nā Hala O Naue (Pandanus Of Naue) - by J. Kahinu


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Nani wale nā hala ʻeā ʻeā
O Naue i ke kai
 
Ke ʻoni aʻe la
Pili mai Haʻena
 
ʻEna aku nā maka
ʻO nā manu i ka pua
 
A ʻike i ka lehua
Miki ʻala i laila
 
I laila no au
Me ka manaʻo pū
*(Me ka anoi pū)
 
Nani wale ka nahele
I puia i ke ʻala
 
Ke ʻala lauaʻe
ʻO ka pua mokihana
 
Oni aku nā Hono
Ka pua o Piʻilani
 
ʻO koʻu lei ia
O ua laʻi nei
 
Haʻina ka inoa
ʻO Kaleleonālani
 
*Alternate phrase

 

Hala or Pandanus

 

Prince Albert

 

 
Beautiful are the pandanus
Of Naue by the sea
 
They are swaying
Close to Haʻena
 
The eyes of the birds look eagerly
At the flowers
 
When they see the lehua
They gather there
 
I went there, too
In thought
*(With my beloved)
 
The forest is beautiful
Drenched in fragrance
 
Fragrance of ferns
And mokihana flowers
 
The Hono bays appear
The flowers of Piʻilani
 
She is my lei
And regal peace
 
The end of the name song
For The-Flight-of-the-Royal-Ones
 
*Alternate Phrase

Source: King's Hawaiian Melodies Copyright 1930, 43 Charles E. King - This mele honors Kaleleonalani (Flight of the Royal Ones), the name taken by Queen Emma after the deaths of her son Prince Albert in 1862, and her husband, King Kamehameha IV in 1863. Praise of trees, flowers, birds and places was a way of honoring a beloved person. The Hono bays in verse 8 are the 6 Maui bays that begin with the name Hono ruled by Maui Chief Pi?ilani. Dancers do not use Hala leis for adornment when they do the hula. This song is an exception. Normally the Hala Pepe (dracaena pleomele) is used rather than the Hala or Pandanus. Music clip by Gippy Cooke