Lyrics & Music: Dennis Kamakahi
Louis Kauakahi: 6 string & 12 string guitar
Trax: vocal. Nathaniel: vocal. Al: vocal. Hanalē: upright bass, vocal.
This mele tells of a young sailor who spends time away from his family on a whale hunt that takes him to Tahiti, and how he yearns for his love back in Honolulu. This mele was Kaiholu's second selection at the 2008 Ka Hīmeni Ana competition, performed as arranged by Louis “Moon” Kauakahi.
Goodbye my darling lei onaona,
E hele ana au i ka moku Kahiki,
Mai 'uwe na'u ke 'olu'olu 'oe,
E ho'i hou au i kou leo nahenahe.
Fare thee well my true love, mai ho'one
Aloha no au i kou lehe 'ula'ula
Ilaila I ke 'ala o ka pua kehau,
'O Kahokulani I ka noe kokolo.
Be still my pu'uwai konikoni,
E makemake au e 'ike 'oe,
E ‘ike i ka nani o ka pua mae'ole,
Ilaila i uka a'o Lanihuli.
Goodbye my darling, fragrant wreath,
I am going to the island of Tahiti,
Don’t weep for me, if you please,
I shall return again to your soft voice.
Fare well my true love, don’t fret
I love your red lips.
There in the fragrance of the dewy blossom,
Is Kahokulani in the creeping mist.
Be still my beating heart,
I want to see you,
To see the beauty of the never fading flower,
There in the uplands of Lanihuli.