Lāʻieikawai - Kawaikapuokalani Hewett


Aia Lāʻieikawai
I ka uka wale la
O Paliuli

Hui:
O ka nani helu ʻekahi
O Paliuli

Kau mai la ke aliʻi
I ka ʻēheu o nā manu

Ua lohe paha i ka honi mai
I ka pū lauʻī o Maliʻo

Haʻina ʻia mai ka puana
O KawaiʻaʻalalehuaoPaliuli

Lāʻieikawai can be found
In the uplands
Of Paliuli

Chorus:
The beautiful one
Of Paliuli

There she rests
On the wings of the birds

Listening perhaps
To the ti leaf flute of Maliʻo

The story is told of
KawaiʻaʻalalehuaoPaliuli (Lāʻieikawai)


Source: Teresa Bright CD "Ka Pilina" - This haunting mele by one of Hawaiʻi's premier contemporary composers is based on the legend of the princess Lāʻieikawai. She appeared to ʻAiwohikupua in a dream and he travels from Wailua, Kauaʻi to Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi, by canoe, to seek the woman of his dreams.