LILIʻUOKALANI 

Kuʻu Pua I Paoakalani [My Flower in Paoakalani] (1895)

Arranged By Moon Kauakahi

Orchestrated By David Kauahikaua

During her eight months of incarceration in ʻIolani Palace, Queen Liliʻuokalani was allowed a few privileges; one of those permitted her to receive an occasional basket of flowers, usually from her garden at Uluhaimalama in Pauoa. One day she noticed that the flowers came not from Uluhaimalama, but from Paoakalani, her home in Hamahamo, Waikīki. The Queen was inspired to write this song, dedicated to the young boy who delivered the flowers. (Moon Kauakahi)

E ka gentle breeze e waft mai nei

Hoʻohāliʻaliʻa mai ana iaʻu

E kuʻu sweet never fading flower

I bloom i ka uka o Paoakalani.

 

Hui:

ʻIke mau i ka nani o nā pua

O ka uka o Uluhaimalama

ʻAʻole naʻe hoʻi e like

Me kuʻu pua i ka laʻi o Paoakalani.

 

Lahilahi kona mau hiʻona

With soft eyes as black as jet

Pink cheeks so delicate of hue

I ulu i ka uka o Paoakalani.

 

Nane ʻia mai ana kuʻu aloha

E ka gentle breeze w waft mai nei

Oh come to me kaʻu mea e liʻa nei

I ulu i ka uka o Paoakalani.

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

Oh, gentle breeze that blows softly here

Bringing fond memories to me

O my sweet never fading flower

That blooms inland of Paoakalani

 

Refrain:

I always see the beauty of the flowers

From the upland of Uluhaimalama

But these cannot compare

With flowers from the serenity of Paoakalani

 

Delicate are her features

With soft eyes as black as jet

Pink cheeks so delicate of hue

That grow inland of Paoakalani.

 

Ask me of my love in the form of a riddle

O gentle breeze that blows softly here

O come to me, that which I now desire

That grows inland of Paoakalani.