LILIʻUOKALANI & KAPOLI 

Wailua Alo Lahilahi [Wailua of Delicate Face]

Arranged By Moon Kauakahi

Orchestrated By David Kauahikaua

This love song, also known as “Nani Wale Līhuʻe” in the King’s Book of Hawaiian Melodies, takes the lovers to places meaningful to them. Although many of the place names suggest the island of Kauaʻi, they are also found on the island of Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi, and the tiny island of Lehua. Metaphorically, the place names suggest wetness and coolness, love symbols that serve as memory cues for a wide range of sensory and emotional experiences. (Moon Kauakahi)

Hui:

Nani wale Līhuʻe i ka laʻi

I ka noe a ka ua Paʻūpili

ʻO ke ahe mai a ka makani

A ka Mālualuakiʻiwai o Lehua.

 

ʻAnoʻai wale ka hikina mai

Ka ʻikena i ka nani o Wailua

ʻElua māua me ka haliʻa

I ka piko wai ʻolu o Kemamo.

 

Hiʻipoi ʻia iho ke aloha

I mehana ia pō anuanu

Mili ʻia i ka lā o ka makemake

I ka lā a ka ʻanoʻi hiki ai.

 

Hoʻonā aʻe ana i ke aloha

Pehea lā ia e pau ai

ʻAʻohe naʻe hoʻi e hihi

Ua ʻolu nahe, ʻolu i ka noe.

*Compiled by Michael-Thomas Foumai. Digitally published for the Hawaiʻi Symphony Sheraton Starlight Series on June 4-6 2021.

Refrain:

So beautiful is Līhuʻe in the calm

In the mist of the Paʻūpili rain

In the gentle blowing

Of the Mālualuakiʻiwai wind of Lehua.

 

Unexpected was our arrival

Seeing the beauty of Wailua

Two of us with fond memories

At the cool summit of Kemamo.

 

Love is held close to the bosom

Giving warmth to the cold night

Caressed on the day of desire

On the day love arrives.

 

Trying to subdue love

How can that be done

In truth it cannot be contained

It is so gently soft, refreshed in the mist.