Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Na Mele: Hawai'i Aloha

This song has special meaning to the people of Hawai'i .... it is so significant, that no private gathering or Hawai'i State legislative or public function is concluded until all join hands and sing this song.  To revere the Land, Mother Earth, that supports the Family that supports All Life, above all things:  this is what it means when we say "Malama 'Aina."  We are nothing without that which sustains Us.  This is what it means when we say you must Malama Ka 'Aina to be in Pono and live with Aloha Spirit.  (And no, this wasn't a prompt to chat about your last trip to the Islands around the water cooler again ... Why is this view so difficult for non-Islanders to take seriously, understand and apply??)

E Hawai’i e ku’u one hanau e

O Hawai’i of the sands of my birth

Ku’u home kulaiwi nei.
My home, I am a native here.

‘Oli no au i na pono lani ou.
Rejoice indeed in our heaven of hope

E Hawai’i, aloha e!
O’ Hawai’i, our greetings of love to you!

E hau’oli e na ‘opio o Hawai’i nei.
Be happy for the youth still of Hawai’ian soil.

‘Oli e!   ‘Oli e!
Rejoice!  Rejoice!

Mai na aheahe makani e pau mai nei
From the gentle winds blowing here

Mau kealoha no Hawai’i.
Always have love for Hawai’i

Mau kealoha, aloha e!
Greetings of love to our beloved Hawai’i!

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