Wai`alae - Mekia Kealakai

Ua `ike no paha `oe
I ka `i`ini a ka mana`o
Ho`okahi mapuna leo
Ua lawa ia i ka makemake
Aia hiki ko aloha
Ku`u home i Wai`alae
Ko aloha hiki `aumoe
Pulupê i ke kêhau


You have known
The desire of the mind
Just to hear your voice
Is sufficient to satisfy me
When your love comes
To my home at Wai`alae
Your love comes at midnight
Drenched with the dew


Source: King's Hawaiian Melodies - Mekia, (major in Hawaiian), one of 13 children, was the son of a sergeant major. Born in Honolulu, Oct. 15, 1867, he died at Waipahu on March 29, 1944. At age 12, he was send to reform school for truancy and became a pupil of Henri Berger, the Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster. Within 3 years, he became a good trombonist, an even better flutist and was admitted to the Royal Hawaiian Band, at age 15. His ability and talent to compose was so developed, it was said he could compose on the spot, by request. This mele was written for the area of Wai`alae, location of the home of Paul Isenberg. This is not a love song for a person, rather a love song for a place. Translated by Mary Pukui. Copyright 1919, 1943 Charles E. King