I Aloha Ia No ʻO Kanaio - Words by Nina Maxwell, music by Kenneth Makuakane & Roddy Lopez 

I aloha ia nō ʻo Kanaio
Aloha kuʻu one hānau
ʻOluʻolu i ke ahe a ka makani
Aloha wau iā ʻoe

Lei Pimoe i ka ʻehukai
E Kanaio puna i ke kai
Onaona no kouʻala
Aloha wau iā ʻoe

Uʻi maoli kēia ʻāina
He aloha nou e Kanaio
I kuʻu manaʻo iā ʻoe
Aloha wau iā ʻoe

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Aloha kuʻu one hānau
ʻOluʻolu i ke ahe a ka makani
Aloha wau iā ʻoe

Beloved is Kanaio
Love for my birthplace
Cool and fresh in the breeze
I love you

Pimoe wears a wreath of sea spray
Springs of Kanaio by the sea
Sweet, your fragrance
I love you

Freshly beautiful, this land
Is love for you Kanio
In my thoughts of you
I love you

The story is told
Love for my birthplace
Cool and fresh in the breeze
I love you
Nina Maxwell


Source: Pandanus Club CD "Hoʻokupu", Copyright Pandanus Club 1988 - On their first visit to lower Kanaio, the composer and her husband, Charles Maxwell, Sr., passed the hill Pimoe. Pele was envious of Pimoe, a beautiful mermaid known to entice men with her beauty. Pele, in one of her jealous rages, immortalized Pimoe by turning the mermaid to stone in the eruption of 1790. Sonny Kuaana, born and raised in a grass hale on the beach, related the story of this hill to them. Sonny took them down to the ocean where he was born and showed them how his mother would dry her lauhala leaves in lava mounds built for this purpose. He also showed them the fresh water cave they used for drinking water and the brackish water cave used by the cattle. Sonny showed the composer and her husband his Aumakua, a huge tiger shark that lives in the ocean. When they went onto the papa (reef), he called to his Aumakua, who immediately swam into the shallow water. The composer, a prominent kumu hula in Maui, was so impressed with Kanaio, she wrote this song and dedicated it to Sonny Kuaana.