Ku'u Ipo I Ka He'e Pu'e One - by Princess Miriam Likelike

 
Ku`u ipo i ka he`e pu`e one
Me ke kai nehe i ka `ili`ili
Nipo aku i laila ka mana`o
Ua kili`opu mäua i ka nahele
 
 
Hui:
Eiä la e maliu mai
Eiä ko aloha i `ane`i
Hiki mai ana i ka pö nei
Ua kili`opu mäua i ka nahele
 
 
Ka `owë nenehe a ke kai
Hone ana i ka piko wai`olu
I laila au la `ike
Kili`opu mäua i ka nahele
 
 
Hiki `ë mai ana ka makani
Ua hala `ë aku e ka Pu`ulena
Ua lose kou chance e ke hoa
Ua kili`opu mäua i ka nahele
My sweetheart in the rippling hills of sand
With the sea rustling the pebbles
There, the memory is impassioned
In the forest where we delighted
 
 
Chorus:
Here, please listen
Here, your lover is here.
He came last night
We delighted in the forest
 
 
The gentle rustle of the sea
Softly in the pleasant center
Where I looked
We delighted in the forest
 
 
The wind came first
The Pu'ulena wind passed by
You've lost your chance, oh friend
We delighted in the forest

 

Source: Translated by Ruth Tyau & Sam Elbert - Perhaps the most famous of Likelike's compositions, many believe it was written for a heartbroken girl who could not marry the love of her life. The middle of January, 1887, a large school of aweoweo, a small, red fish was seen off the coast of the island of Hawai`i, where Likelike had once been governor. The massing of the bright red fish close to shore was considered an omen of death for members of the Kaläkaua dynasty. Feb. 2, 1887, Princess Likelike died at age 36. There were rumors that she was prayed to death by a powerful `ana`ana

 

Princess Miriam Likelike