Nānākuli Hula - Traditional

Kaulana mai nei aʻo Nānākuli
Haʻaheo no ʻoe e Kalanianaʻole

ʻĀina kaulana hoʻopulapula
Hoʻolaha no ʻoe e kala hui

Hoʻokahi mea nani o ka ʻāina
Ona pua la ʻoe o Hawaiʻi nei

ʻHaina ʻia mai ana ka puana
E ō mai ʻoe e Kalanianaʻole

Famous is Nānākuli
Cherished are you, o Kalanianaʻole

Famous homestead land
You people, be fruitful and multiply

One beautiful thing of the land
The children of Hawaiʻi nei

Tell the refrain
Hear us, o Kalanianaʻole

Strand Family Collection - In 1874, when the Kalākaua Dynasty ascended to the throne of Hawaiʻi, Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (Mar. 26, 1871- Jan. 7,1922) and his brother, David Kawananakoa were declared princes of the royal kingdom and heirs to the throne. Kūhiō was appointed to a seat in the royal Cabinet administering the Department of the Interior. When the monarchy was overthrown by American residents in 1893, he took part in the revolution and was arrested and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in 1895. After his release, he became disenchanted with the politics of his Kingdom and with his wife, Elizabeth Kahanu Kaleiwohi Kaʻauwai, traveled widely in Europe, where they were treated as royalty. He traveled to Africa from 1899 to 1902, joined the British Army and fought in the Second Boer War. Kūhiō eventually returned from his self-imposed exile and became active in the Home Rule Party, which represented native Hawaiians, and continued to fight for Hawaiian independence in the post-annexation period of Hawaiʻi. Jonah was elected to the U.S. Congress as the Republican delegate in a landslide victory and served from March 4, 1903, until his death in 1922. The most notable achievement of Kūhiō during his political career was the creation of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, signed by President Warren Harding in 1921. Despite his wishes, the Act contained high blood-quantum requirements, and leased the land instead of granting it fee-simple, creating a perpetual government institution. Translator unknown