Pauahilaninui

Author: 
Hīnaleimoana Wong-Kālu
Month: 
07
Year: 
2012
Photo courtesy of Hīnaleimoana Wong-Kālu
Kumu Hīna provides the heart-beat of the mele performed by haumāna of Hālau Lōkahi at Keʻelikōlani Auditorium in 2012.

 

Pauahilaninui

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

Hōʻoilina 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 Hīnaleimoana Wong-Kālu 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.

Photo courtesy of Kamehameha Schools.
Hīna Wong-Kālu, cultural advisor to Hālau Lōkahi.