Nani Kaua`i (Beautiful Kauaʻi) - Words & music by Lizzie Alohikea

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Aloha aʻe au i kuʻu ʻāina
I ke kū kilakila ʻo Waiʻaleʻale

ʻO ke one kaulana aʻo Nohili
ʻApo iho ā paʻa pono la i ka poli

Nā hala onaona aʻo Māpuana
E naue ʻoe i ka ʻoni a ke kai

Inā paha ʻoe ā e ʻike ai
I ka nani o ka Waiʻānapanapa

Hōʻoniʻoni iki iho ana ʻoe
A he honehone i ke kumu o ka hana

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Ua nani Kauaʻi i ka mālie

I recall with fondness my homeland
Where Waiʻaleʻale stands majestically
 
The famous sands of Nohili
That one holds in one`s heart

The fragrant hala of Māpuana
Seems to reach out to the restless sea

If you can only see the beauty
Of the glistening water
 
Being with you in this peaceful area
To do the things together with you
 
This is the end of my praise
Of beautiful Kauaʻi in the calm
 

Source: King's Songs of Hawaiʻi Copyright 1928, 42 Charles E. King - This is a mele pana or place-name song for the island of Kauaʻi. Nohili in the 2nd verse is known today as Barking Sands. The old Hawaiians called it "ke one kani aʻo Nohili" or the sounding sands of Nohili. The dry weather causes a dull whoofing sound when one steps on the sand. Verse 3, Māpuana is beyond Hanalei, a place named for the youngest sister of the wahine seeking Laʻiekawai. Waiʻānapanapa in verse #4 is a pool in Hana and also the name of caves formed when lava tubes collapsed and filled with water. Legend says the water in the pool runs red on the night of Kū. The kapu time of Kū is the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th days of the lunar month. Edited by E. Hines Music clip by Lani Lee