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Fri Jul 6, 2012, 11:22 PM

On Liliuokalani’s composition of “Mele Lahui Hawaii,” 1898.

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Written by Queen Liliʻuokalani

July 4, 2012
On Liliuokalani’s composition of “Mele Lahui Hawaii,” 1898.

“In the early years of the reign of Kamehameha V, he brought to my notice the fact that the Hawaiian people had no national air. Each nation, he said, but ours had its expression of patriotism and love of country in its own music; but we were using for the purpose on state occasions the time-honored British anthem, “God save the Queen.” This he desired me to supplant by one of my own composition. In one week’s time I notified the king that I had completed my task. The Princess Victoria had been the leader of the choir of the Kawaiahao church; but upon her death, May 29, 1866, I assumed the leadership. It was in this building and by that choir that I first introduced the “Hawaiian National Anthem.” The king was present for the purpose of criticising my new composition of both words and music, and was liberal in his commendations to me on my success. He admired not only the beauty of the music, but spoke enthusiastically of the appropriate words, so well adapted to the air and to the purpose of which they were written.”

(from Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen, pp. 31–32.)

“Ina makahiki kinohi o ka noho moi ana o Kamehameha V., ua hoike mai oia ia’u i ka mea oiaio, aohe himeni lahui o na kanaka Hawaii. O na lahuikanaka, wahi ana, aka, koe kakou, ua hoopuka ae lakou i ko lakou makee a me ke aloha i ka aina ma kona mele ponoi, aka, ia wa e mele ia ana ka himeni o Beritania, “E ola ka Moiwahine i ke Akua,” no na manawa nui. O keia kana i makemake ai e kulai, ma o kekahi mele a’u e haku ponoi ai. Maloko o ka manawa o hookahi pule, ua hoike aku la au i ka moi, ua pau ka’u hana i ka hana ia. O ke Kama’liiwahine Vitoria, ke alakai o ka papa himeni o ka luakini o Kawaiahao, aka, i kona make ana ma ka la 29 o Mei, 1866, ua lilo ae la ia’u ke alakai ana. A maloko o keia hale, a na ia papa himeni i hoopuka mua mai i ke “Mele Lahui o Hawaii.” Ua hoea ae ka moi no ka manao ana e hooponopono i ka’u mele i haku ai, i na huaolelo a me ka leo, a ua haawi mai hoi oia i kona mau hoapono no ka holopono o ka’u mea i hana ai. Aole wale o ka leo kana i mahalo ai, aka, ua hoopuka ae oia i na huaolelo walohia nui o ka hoomaikai no ka pili pono o na huaolelo i ka leo mele.”
Ke Aloha Aina, Buke IV, Helu 20, Aoao 7. Mei 14, 1898.
(Aloha Aina, 5/14/1898, p. 7)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liliuokalani

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Response to mahina (Original post)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 11:34 PM

1. Cool. I think I have a youtube of a version of that first "national air".



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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 12:29 AM

2. Beautiful, mahalo!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 12:31 AM

3. Braddah Iz singing 'Hawai'i Aloha'



Wow got all dusty in hea

aloha all.





E Hawai`i e ku`u one hânau e
Ku`u home kulaîwi nei
'Oli nô au i nâ pono lani ou
E Hawai`i, aloha ę

Hui:
E hau`oli nâ `ôpio o Hawai`i nei
`Oli ę! `Oli ę!
Mai nâ aheahe makani e pâ mai nei
Mau ke aloha, no Hawai`i

E ha`i mai kou mau kini lani e
Kou mau kupa aloha, e Hawai`i
Nâ mea `ôlino kamaha`o no luna mai
E Hawai`i aloha ę

Nâ ke Akua E mâlama mai iâ `oe
Kou mau kualona aloha nei
Kou mau kahawai `ôlinolino mau
Kou mau mâla pua nani ę

O Hawai`i, o sands of my birth
My native home
I rejoice in the blessings of heaven
O Hawai`i, aloha

Chorus:
Happy youth of Hawai`i
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Gentle breezes blow
Love always for Hawai`i

May your divine throngs speak
Your loving people, o Hawai`i
The holy light from above
O Hawa`i aloha

God protects you
Your beloved ridges
Your ever glistening streams
Your beautiful gardens

Source: Na Mele o Hawai`i Nei by Elbert & Mahoe - One of the most beloved songs written by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, also known as Makua Laiana, was taken from an old hymn "I Left It All With Jesus" composed by James McGranahan (1840-1907). Rev. Lyons arrived as a missionary in Waimea, Hawai`i, July 16, 183. He translated more than 900 hymns, became a citizen of Hawai`i and died in Waimea, Oct. 6, 1886
http://www.huapala.org/Hawaii/Hawaii_Aloha.html

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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 01:05 AM

4. Brother was 13 years old in this clip :) how awesome is he?

Danny Carvalho, a super sweet and talented young man we are so proud of~

since we getting all kanikapila,
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http://dannycarvalho.com/Dannys_Home_Page.html

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Response to mahina (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 10:52 AM

5. Wow! What a doll!

And he really makes that guitar sound sweet!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:05 PM

6. I know, right?

And he grew up to be such a sweetheart, and such a brilliant talent. One of the good guys!

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