This is one of the many songs composed by the Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, known as Makua Laiana, who had a church for many years at Waimea, Hawai`i. He died in 1886. A variant title for the song is "Ku`u One Hanau." The song is so popular with Hawaiians that the melody is used in other songs. Mana`o (thoughts) by Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu, kumu hula of Na Mele Hula `Ohana, San Leandro, CA.
Hawai`i Aloha is commonly sung in a circle, with hands raised overhead at the conclusion of the final refrain. Pictured below, Na Kupuna, the Elders, of the Independent & Sovereign Nation -State of Hawai`i at the ratification of the Constitution, Jan. 16, 1995, at `Iolani Palace.
E Hawai`i, e ku`u one hanau e O Hawaii, O sands of my birthKu`u home kulaiwi nei My native home`Oli no au i na pono lani e I rejoice in the blessings of heavenE Hawai`i, aloha e O Hawaii, alohaHui Chorus:E hau`oli na `opio o Hawai`i nei Happy youth of Hawaii`Oli e! `Oli e! Rejoice! Rejoice!Mai na aheahe makani e pa mai nei Gentle breezes blowMau ke aloha, no Hawai`i Love always for HawaiiE ha`i mai kou mau kini lani e May your divine throngs speakKou mau kupa aloha, e Hawai`i Your loving people, O HawaiiNa mea `olino kamaha`o no luna mai The holy light from aboveE Hawai`i, aloha e O Hawaii, alohaNa ke Akua e malama mai ia `oe God protects youKou mau kualono aloha nei Your beloved ridgesKou mau kahawai `olinolino mau Your ever glistening streamsKou mau mala pua nani e Your beautiful flower gardens
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