QUEEN LILIʻUOKALANI (1838-1917)
& EMMA KAPENA
Paoakalani [Heavenly Scent] (No Date)
Arranged By Moon Kauakahi
Orchestrated By David Kauahikaua
“Paoakalani” was the name of Liliʻuokalani’s home in Waikīkī, now but a memory, and memorialized in two of the Queen’s songs (the other being “Kuʻu Pua I Paoakalani”). While the latter song recalls the nostalgic days when the flowers bloomed so lushly at her home, this song tends to express her anguish of love for her former home in chilly metaphors, as is evident in the 2nd and 3rd verses as well as in the chorus. The tune was borrowed to some extent from 19th century American composer Nelson Kneass. (Moon Kauakahi)
Anoano liʻulā ka nahele
Ka nohona i Paoakalani
Nihi ana ka leo o ka ʻohe
Kapalili i ka welelau makani.
Ua lawa ia mea i ʻaneʻi lā
E liʻa mau nei i ke anu
Ke kono aʻe nei e ʻike lā
I ka wai huʻi o Kawaihau.
Lōliʻi analipo anuhea ke aloha
Pā koni huʻi i kuʻu manawa
Ka hikina iho nei walania lā
I nā hola kulu ʻiʻi o ka pō.
ʻIniki ʻolu i ka ʻili ke anu lā
Huʻihuʻi kololio i kuʻu kino
ʻAnapa ke nahele i nā kulu kēhau
Paoa i ke ʻala lau ʻawapuhi.
*Compiled by Michael-Thomas Foumai. Digitally published for the Hawaiʻi Symphony Sheraton Starlight Series on June 4-6 2021.
The forest, quiet and calm at twilight
As I stayed at Paoakalani
So soft was the rustle of the bamboo
Quivering at the wind’s touch.
Enough of that here
Always yearning in the cold
Here’s an invitation to experience
The chilly water of Kawaihau.
Love relaxes and refreshes from afar
Throbbing ache in my affections
Because of this recent visit, I feel anguish
In the evening hours, passed in deep desire.
The cold pleasantly nips one’s skin
Like a sudden chilly breeze over my body
The forest sparkles with dew drops
Perfumed with the scent of ginger leaves.