Nā Kuahiwi ʻElima (The Five Mountains) - Words & music by Helen Desha Beamer

Hoihoi ka piʻina aʻo Waimea
I ka pā mai a ke kēhau anu
ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike maka
I nā wailele pālua i ka pali aʻo Waipiʻo
I nā wailele pālua i ka pali aʻo Waipiʻo

Kilakila Mauna Kea me kona nani
Helu ʻekahi o ke kiʻekiʻe
Pili mai Mauna Loa mauna kamahaʻo
Home noho a ka wahine Pele mai Kahiki
Home noho a ka wahine Pele mai Kahiki

Hanohano Hualālai e kū mai la
E hoʻohiwahiwa ana a i nā Kona
Aia la nā kuahiwi o Kohala
Ke holo aʻela mai uka a ke kai
Ke holo aʻela mai uka a ke kai

Maʻō aku o ʻAlenuihāhā
Haleakalā o Maui o Kama
Haʻina ka puana i lohe ʻia
Mahalo i ka nani o nā kuahiwi ʻelima
Mahalo i ka nani o nā kuahiwi ʻelima

Happy the ascent to Waimea
In the cool, breezy mist
First sight I see
The double waterfalls in the cliffs at Waipiʻo
The double waterfalls in the cliffs at Waipiʻo

Majestic is Mauna Kea with her beauty
Foremost and highest
Close by is Mauna Loa, wondrous and awesome mountain
Home where dwells the woman Pele from Tahiti
Home where dwells the woman Pele from Tahiti

Majestic Hualālai rises
Adorning all Kona
There, the mountains of Kohala
Run from the uplands to the sea
Run from the uplands to the sea

Beyond Alenuihāhā
Haleakalā of Maui of Kama
Tell the theme that it may be heard
Worthy admiration for the beauty of the five mountains
Worthy admiration for the beauty of the five mountains

Source: Songs of Helen Desha Beamer - Helen Beamer and Annabelle Ruddle were traveling from Paniau to Kawaihae. Leaving Hilo early, they arrived in Âhualoa and could see parts of Waipiʻo and Waimanu with the waterfalls, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. When they arrived at Kawaihae, the melody and words to this song were complete. Copyright 1953 Harriett Magoon Translated by Mahiai Beamer