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The Song Within The Song - track 7. Ku'u Pua Mae'ole

(Pulama)
September 19, 2009
By: Keali'i Reichel

from:  The Song Within The Song

track 7.   Ku‘u Pua Mae‘ole 4:13  (Keali‘i Reichel)

 


Keali‘i Reichel is a kumu hula, singer, and haku mele whose vast collection of songs is a gift to harmony singers everywhere. In this song, “My Never-Fading Flower,” he sings a paean to a beloved “placed in the highest reaches…unsurpassed in the lover’s eyes.” Our arrangement adds a light touch of Brazilian jazz.

Ku‘u Pua Mae‘ole
Words and Music by: Keali‘i Reichel
 
 
E ku‘u pua mae‘ole                
Kau i ka wēkiu                       
Puia i ke onaona                     
Hoehoene i ka poli                           
Lua ‘ole i ka maka ē               
Pau ‘ole ke aloha ē                 
Oh, my dear unfading flower
Placed on the highest reaches
Permeated with fragrance
Singing softly to my heart
You are unsurpassed in my eyes
And this love for you is never-ending        
 
Nani wale ka ‘ikena                
Ka wai lana malie         
Pū‘olo ku‘u waimaka             
I ka hali‘ali‘a                          
‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u li‘a ē                 
‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u lei ē                   
Simply beautiful is the light
Of the calm, still waters
Tears well up in my eyes
From the loving memories
It is you, my own desire
It is you, my precious lei
 
E ō mai kou inoa          
E ku‘u pua mae‘ole                
Kau i ka wēkiu                       
Hoehoene i ka poli                 
Lua ‘ole i ka maka ē               
Pau ‘ole ke aloha ē                  
‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u li‘a ē                 
Give answer to your name
Oh my everlasting flower
Placed on the highest reaches
Singing softly to my heart
You are unsurpassed in my eyes
And this love for you is never-ending
It is you, my own desire