Nânâkuli Hula - Traditional

Kaulana mai nei a`o Nânâkuli
Ha`aheo no `oe e Kalaniana`ole

`Âina kaulana ho`opulapula
Ho`olaha no `oe e kala hui

Ho`okahi mea nani o ka `âina
Ona pua la `oe o Hawai`i nei

`Haina `ia mai ana ka puana
E ô mai `oe e Kalaniana`ole

Famous is Nânâkuli
Cherished are you, o Kalaniana`ole

Famous homestead land
You people, be fruitful and multiply

One beautiful thing of the land
The children of Hawai`i Nei

Tell the refrain
Hear us, o Kalaniana`ole

Strand Family Collection - In 1874, when the Kalâkaua Dynasty ascended to the throne of Hawai`i, Jonah Kûhiô Kalaniana`ole (Mar. 26, 1871- Jan. 7,1922) and his brother, David Kawananakoa were declared princes of the royal kingdom and heirs to the throne. Kûhiô was appointed to a seat in the royal Cabinet administering the Department of the Interior. When the monarchy was overthrown by American residents in 1893, he took part in the revolution and was arrested and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in 1895. After his release, he became disenchanted with the politics of his Kingdom and with his wife, Elizabeth Kahanu Kaleiwohi Ka`auwai, traveled widely in Europe, where they were treated as royalty. He traveled to Africa from 1899 to 1902, joined the British Army and fought in the Second Boer War. Kûhiô eventually returned from his self-imposed exile and became active in the Home Rule Party, which represented native Hawaiians, and continued to fight for Hawaiian independence in the post-annexation period of Hawai`i. Jonah was elected to the U.S. Congress as the Republican delegate in a landslide victory and served from March 4, 1903, until his death in 1922. The most notable achievement of Kûhiô during his political career was the creation of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, signed by President Warren Harding in 1921. Despite his wishes, the Act contained high blood-quantum requirements, and leased the land instead of granting it fee-simple, creating a perpetual government institution. Translator unknown