Radio Hula - by Elizabeth Kahau Alohikea

 

He aha nei hana a ka radio
A ka nui manu a`e li`a mau nei
 
Ua hana `ia `oe me ka no`eau
Na ka `ili puakea piha akamai
  
Meha ala nō e ʻi mai ana ia`u
"E kiss mālie `oe e ke aloha"
  
Nāna i ho`ohui nā `ailana
ʻIke `ia `o Hawai`i nō e ka `oi 
 
Ha`ina `ia mai ana ka puana
Be still mālie `oe i ke aloha
What does the radio do
That so many birds (people) long for one?
 
You were made with skill
By caucasians filled with ingenuity
 
It seems to say to me
"Won`t you kiss me softly, my love"
 
It united the continents
Now it's known that Hawai`i is the best
 
Tell the refrain
Be very still, you, the one I love

Source: The composer, Lizzie Alohikea was the first wife of Alfred Alohikea and a singer with the Royal Hawaiian Band. She composed this in the 1920's to celebrate the arrival of radio broadcasts in Hawaiʻi. The third verse is a reference to the soap operas that were very popular.