Ua Nani ʻO Nu`uanu - Mele Inoa for Alexander Liholiho, Kamehameha I, Music by Eddie Kamae

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Ua nani ʻo Nuʻuanu
I ka lau o ke kāwelu

Ua hālāwai aku lā
Me ka makani nui

E ʻiʻini ana ka manaʻo
E ʻike ʻiā Kahuwailana

ʻO koʻu hoa no ia
ʻO ka ua Kiʻowao

Ua pono nō kāua
Hoʻokohu ana ia ka manaʻo

Haʻina mai ka inoa
ʻO kalani ʻIolani

Alexander Liholiho, Kamehameha IV
Beautiful is Nuʻuanu
With the kâwelu grass

There one always meets
With the strong wind

One looks forward
To seeing Kahuwailana

My friend is there
The rain named Kiʻowao

It is good for us
Pleasing to the mind

To honor the name of
King Kamehameha IV ʻIolani


Mataio Kekuanaoʻa
Emma Naʻea Rooke

 Alexander Liholiho ʻIolani was born Feb 9, 1834. His parents were high chiefess Kinaʻu, the daughter of Kamehameha I and high chief Mataio Kekuanaoʻa, governor of Oʻahu. Alexander, his brother Lot and his sister Victoria Kamamalu were all hānai to Kauikeouli, Kamehameha III and his wife Kalama. Educated at Chiefs' Childrens School, he ran away several times, returned and became a good scholar. At age 15, he and his brother Lot, the future Kamehameha V, accompanied Dr. Gerritt P. Judd on a mission to Europe and the United States. Liholiho's journal at the Hawaiian Historical Society Library relates the first incident of racial discrimation experienced by the 2 princes on their homeward journey. This incident led to British influence under his reign, as Alexander considered Americans uncivilized and rude. Liholiho became king, January 16, 1855, upon the death of Kauikeouli, Kamehameha III. He married Emma Naʻea Rooke, his childhood sweetheart, June 19, 1856, at Kawaiahaʻo Church, a union of mutual love and respect. The royal couple's major concern was the health and welfare of Hawaiians. Queens Hospital was established with donations of $13,000 on 9 acres of land purchased for $2000 from Caesar Kapaʻakea, the father of Kalākaua and Liliʻuokalani. Devastated by the death of his only child, 4-year-old Prince Albert, the king turned to the Church of England for comfort and guidance. He translated the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer from English to Hawaiian for his subjects and donated his gardens to establish a church, that was eventually built by his brother, Lot, Kamehameha V. Lot named the church St. Andrew's Cathedral because his brother Alexander Liholiho died on St. Andrew's Feast Day, Nov 30, 1863, at age 29. Music clip by Paina
Source: Myrna Kamae - Eddie Kamae put the music to this chant but hasn't taken credit for it except on his own album that came out in 1964.