ʻŌpuʻu Lani - Traditional

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Kuʻu pua ʻōpuʻu lani
Kuʻu milimili ē
Hauʻoli mau ana ka manaʻo ke ʻike
I ke kūkilakila mai
He nohea ʻoe i kuʻu maka
I lei mau ia ke aloha
O ke ahi lani ʻoe
Kuʻu pua ʻōpuʻu lani

Young chief, my child 
My beloved
Always seeking knowledge and happiness
Standing here, majestically
You are handsome in my sight
Forever a child of love
A chief of fire and lightning
Young chief, my child

Gippy Cooke - The lyrics for this mele was taken from a 1929 Brunswick recording, which is never satisfactory, by Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio, . Today, it is impossible to know the manaʻo or intent of the composer. This may be a mele inoa for the young chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu who was aliʻi of the island of Hawaiʻi during the time of Captain James Cookʻs visits to Hawaiʻi. He was the uncle of Kamehameha I.