Hāliʻilua - by Albert Nahaleʻa

Aloha kahi wai aʻo Hāliʻilua lā
Lana mālie
ʻO ke one kaulana o Keōua lā,
Me ka ʻihi kapu
 
Kapukapu nā maka aʻo ka ʻōpua lā
Ke ʻike aku
Ka ʻanapa i ka luna o Kaʻawaloa lā
Maoli pua
 
He pua nani ʻoe a he mea laha ʻole lā
Na ka mākua
A he lei ʻāʻī, na ke kūpuna lā
He mea milimili
 
Kiʻina ko lei lehua i ʻŌlaʻa lā
Lei ʻia mai
I ʻohu no ka wahine e walea ai lā
Me ʻanoʻi pua
 
Mahalo aku wau lā i ka nani lā
Mau mea hoʻohihi
Kaʻonohiokalā mālamalama lā
Kau kehakeha
 
ʻO ke kō a ka hau anu o Māʻihi lā
ʻAu i ke kai
Kaomi i ka ʻili o ke kamahele lā
Me ka ʻeha koni
 
Haʻina ko lei lehua i ʻŌlaʻa lā
Lei ʻia mai
Kaʻonohiokalā, mālamalama lā
Kau kehakeha

Beloved, the water of Hāliʻilua
Gently flowing
Famous, the sands of Keōua
With the sacred kapu
 
The cloud banks are
Seen with new reverence
Sparkling on Kaʻawaloa heights
The native blossom

You are a beautiful blossom
A rare thing of her parents
A neck wreath of her ancestors
One to be cherished
 
Go and get your lehua lei at ʻŌlaʻa
Wear it as
An adornment for a woman to enjoy
Like a precious flower
 
I admire the beauty of
Delightful things
Kaʻonohiokalā, radiant with pride
High above all
 
The cold breeze of Māʻihi
Moving out to sea
Pressing the skin of the favored child
Stinging
 
The refrain of your lehua lei at ʻŌlaʻa
Now worn
Kaʻonohiokalā, radiant with pride
High above all


Source: Composed for Hannah Parish of Kona, on the occasion of her wedding. Hāliʻilua was the name of a spring and bathing pool at Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi, a favorite of Queen Kapiʻolani. The cliffs above Kealakekua in Kaʻawaloa are known as "Sacred Cliffs of Keōua", the ancient Hawaiian chief. 4th verse - the lehua lei at ʻŌlaʻa, is the bridegroom. 5th verse - Kaʻonohiokalā (the eyeball of the sun), is the bride's Hawaiian name. 6th verse - Hau is the name of a cool and gentle breeze in the Māʻihi area. Translated by Kanani Mana