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Hi‘ipoi - track 2. Kawohikūkapulani

(Pulama)
July 26, 2013
By: Helen Desha Beamer

Track 2.  Kawohikūkapulani  4:20  (Helen Desha Beamer)

This lovely mele was a wedding gift for the composer’s daughter, Helen Elizabeth Kawohikūkapulani Beamer. It speaks of the unbreakable bond between the generations. Our arrangement is based on the instrumental version by Keola Beamer.

Kawohikūkapulani

By: Helen Desha Beamer

 

He lei ‘ā‘ī ‘oe na ke kupuna                You are an adornment for the grandparents

A he milimili ‘oe na ka makua           And a darling for your parents

Pūlama ‘ia ‘oe me ke aloha                 Cherished with love

Hi‘ipoi ‘ia ‘oe ma ku‘u poli                 You are cradled on my bosom

 

He lei aloha ‘oe, ua kaulana               You are a beloved lei, renowned

I paukū ‘ia me ka ‘āhihi                      Linked with the dainty ‘āhihi lehua

Ho‘ohihi nō wau, na‘u ‘oe                  I too am involved, for you are mine

‘O ko‘u kuleana pa‘a nō ia                 This is my right, permanently

 

Ha‘ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana              The story is told

Ku‘u lei nani ‘oe, poina ‘ole               You are my beautiful child, unforgettable

Hea aku mākou, e ō mai ‘oe              We call, you answer

‘O Kawohikūkapulani, he inoa         Kawohikūkapulani, a name song for you