Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Romance



Princess Likelike died when she was 36.  She was the second in line to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.  The cause of death is a mystery, it was said that she stopped eating and wasted away.  Like her older siblings, David Kalakaua and Liliokilani, she was very musical. I think she wrote one of the most romantic song I've ever heard, Ku'u Ipo I Ka He'e Pu'e One. 


Ku'u Ipo I Ka He'e Pu'e One
   by Miriam Kapili Kekāuluohi Likelike (1851–1887)


Kuʻu ipo i ka heʻe puʻe one My sweetheart in the rippling hills of sand
Me ke kai nehe i ka ʻiliʻili With the sea rustling the pebbles
Nipo aku i laila ka manaʻo There, the memory is impassioned
Ua kiliʻopu māua i ka nahele In the forest where we delighted
Hui: Chorus:
Eiā la e maliu mai Here, please listen
Eiā ko aloha i ʻaneʻi Here, your lover is here.
Hiki mai ana i ka pō nei He came last night
Ua kiliʻopu māua i ka nahele We delighted in the forest

Ka ʻowē nenehe a ke kai
The gentle rustle of the sea
Hone ana i ka piko waiʻolu Softly in the pleasant center
I laila au la ʻike Where I looked
Kiliʻopu māua i ka nahele We delighted in the forest

Hiki ʻē mai ana ka makani
The wind came first
Ua hala ʻē aku e ka Puʻulena The Puʻulena wind passed by
Ua lose kou chance e ke hoa You've lost your chance, oh friend
Ua kiliʻopu māua i ka nahele We delighted in the forest

Ku'u Ipo i ke He'e Pu'e One performed by Colla Voce. Jace Saplan director

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