Aloha ‘ia nō ‘o Kahalu‘u

Author: 
Mailani Makainai

 

Photo: Kihei de Silva

Mailani Makainai (left) at Windward Mall in November 2002 -- not in her well-known Keahiwai persona, but as a member of the traditional Hawaiian music trio ‘Ūlāleo.

Wahi a kahiko, ‘a‘ohe hala ‘ula i ka pō. No laila, eia kekahi ‘ula, he ‘ula lā, he ‘ūlāleo na ka ‘iwi maka‘īna‘i, e puka mai ana i ka wana‘ao. ‘A‘ohe ona ahiwai, ‘a‘ohe ona oxymoron. He leo kānaenae aloha nō ia e mahalo nui ‘ia e nā kūpuna, nā ‘ōiwi, o Kahalu‘u.

Aloha ‘ia nō ‘o Kahalu‘u
I ka wēkiu kāla‘e i ke ao

I ka la‘i o ka pili ‘ao‘ao
Hula le‘a nā hala i ‘Āhuimanu

Ha‘aha‘a ka ulu hala
I ke apo o ka ua Pō‘aihale

Pō‘ai ka lā welo
Pō‘ai a puni ka welona a ka lā

Ha‘ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana
Aloha ‘ia nō ‘o Kahalu‘u

 

© Mailani Makainai 2004