Lyric: John Almeida
Trax: ʻukulele, ipu heke ʻole, vocal. Nathaniel: vocal Al: 6 string rhythm guitar
Hanalē: 12 string lead guitar, upright bass, vocal.
Written for a loved one the composer had his eye on, this rendition is from Manu Boyd with a little Kaiholu twist. With an entertaining vocal arrangement, we performed this mele during the 2008 Ka Hīmeni Ana competition.
'Auhea iho nei o Lei aloha
Ku'u hoa i ka nani a'o nā pua
Eia mai au 'o suipa lilo
Ka ipo i ke aka pua aniani
He aniani wale 'o hāli'a loko
Nowelo mao 'ole i ka pu'uwai
Nāwai nō 'oe e a pakele aku
I ka wai o ka pānini pua kea
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
Ku'u ipo i ka nani a'o nāpua
Where has Leialoha gone?
My companion amid the beautiful flowers
Here am I, "Sweep-all-to-myself"
Your sweetheart in the shadow of fair flowers
Well known is my heart's turmoil
As love stirs ceaselessly in my heart
How can you escape its influence
After tasting the honey of the white flowered cactus
This is the end of my song
Of my sweetheart among the beautiful flowers