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Pauahilaninui

na Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

He mele no Pauahilaninui

He mele no Ke Aliʻi Wahine Pauahilaninui

He inoa no ke aliʻi wahine
He inoa ‘ihikapu nou e Pauahi
No Pauahilaninui lā eō mai
Hoʻoilina a Paiʻealanimehameha

Aloha e ka wahine hoʻoheno hoʻi a ka lāhui
Nou nō ia lei mae ʻole lei kaulana aʻo nā moku
Kūlou haʻahaʻa nā lani, kūlou haʻahaʻa nā mauna
Kūlou nō hoʻi ke anaina iā ‘oe e Ke Aliʻi Pauahi
Ahi kapu aʻo ‘Aikupita, ahi welawela aʻo nā mākua
No Kaʻehu Pākī a Kawao noho iā Kalanihelemaiiluna

Ka heluna o ka lālani kapu ‘o Kanaholo Konia wahine
Eō e Kahailiʻōpua wahine a Kaʻōleiokū
Na Kahōʻanokū Kīnaʻu a Mateo Kekūanāoʻa
Nā mākua hānai a ka lani ka wahine Pauahilaninui
E ‘ōpū nō ke aliʻi, haʻahaʻa a lokomaikaʻi
Alakaʻi noʻeau o nā mamo o Hawaiʻi lei ‘ia i ke ao

E mahalo aku nō iā Luta, iā Luta Keʻelikōlani
Nani wale hoʻi ko hoʻoilina o ka ‘āina aloha o ke aliʻi
Ke kiʻina i ka lei lanakila na ka meʻe Kaʻiwakīloumoku
Ola nā iwi aʻo Keawe, (‘o) Keaweikekahialiʻiokamoku
Kupu a ulu māhuahua ‘o nā pua lei hoʻohenoheno
I ka hale hau aʻo ka wahine, Wahine Hele Lā o Kaiona
Ko hiʻona nani hao a pāʻihi, ‘ihiʻihi hanohano ko inoa

He mele he inoa kēia nou nō e Pauahilaninui
He mele he inoa kēia nou e Ke Aliʻi Pauahi


Haku ‘ia ma ka lā 19 o ʻOkatopa i ke aumoe o kēlā Pōʻakolu, ua ʻane wanaʻao.  2011

 

A name chant for the chiefess
A sacred and honored name for you o Pauahi
For you o High Chiefess so beloved, answer to your name
From the legacy of Paiʻea the lone chief you descend indeed

Love, honor and respect to the chiefess cherished by the nation
For you our endless praise and honor we sing, you are known throughout the islands
The heavens and the highest of mountains all bend down and bow to you
All of the multitudes bow indeed to you Princess Pauahi
It all began from within the sacred fire pit at ‘Aikupita, from the sacred union of your lineages
From Kaʻehu Pākī your father who descends from Kawao and Kalanihelemaiiluna

Ah, to count the sacred lines of descent, harken to the name Kanaholo Konia of your mother
Who came from Kahailiʻōpua and Kaʻōleiokū
It was Kahōʻanokū Kīnaʻu of Mateo Kekūanāoʻa
Who carried you and nurtured you o Princess Pauahi who we love so much
For you are the example of generosity, kindness, and giving - so humble and of loving heart to our people
O wise leader of our next generations you provide for and ensure our enlightenment for generations of Hawaiians to come

Our thanks we give to Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani
For it was she who bestowed to you the legacy of the Kamehameha lands
Grasp the lei of victory o conqueror of the islands
Descendant of Keaweikekahialiʻiokamoku
Be prosperous and multitudinous all of you the beloved children of Princess Pauahi
There within the halls of learning left to us by our honored Princess Pauahi known also by the name Kaiona
We recall your beauty and grace, how precious and sacred your name we hold so dear to our hearts

This is our name chant for you highest of chiefesses, Princess Pauahi
This is our song of praise for you, Princess of our hearts

 

Composed during the hours before dawn on October 19, 2011 at Mauliola, the home of the composer Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu located in the Liliha/Puʻunui area of Nuʻuanu valley in Kona, Oʻahu. Mauliola is near the hill of Maʻemaʻe, and the Royal Mausoleum of Mauna ‘Ala, the final resting place of the aliʻi of Hawaiʻi.

Hina pauahilaninui mele for web

photo courtesy of: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Kumu Hina provides the heartbeat of the mele performed by haumāna of Hālau Lōkahi at Keʻelikōlani Auditorium in 2012.



Kumu hina - mark miller

photo credit: Mark Miller

Haku mele Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu.




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