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Aloha Oe words and music by Queen Lili'uokalani Ha'aheo 'e ka ua i na pali

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Aloha Oe - words and music by Queen Lili'uokalani

Ha'aheo 'e ka ua i na pali

Ke nihi a'ela i ka nahele

E ha hai ana i ka liko

Pua 'ahihi lehua o uka

Hui: C G

Aloha 'oe, aloha 'oe

D7 G

E ka onaona noho i ka lipo


One fond embrace, a ho'i a'e au

D7 F

Until we meet again

Ka halia ko aloha kai hiki mai

Ke hone ae nei ku'u manawa

O oe no ka'u ipo aloha

A loko e hana nei

Maopopo ku'u ike ika nani

Na pua rose o Maunawili

I laila hoohie na mau u

Mikiala ika nani oia pua

Proudly sweeps the rain over the cliffs

Creeps into the forest

Still following with grief, the bud

Of the ahihi lehua flowers of the uplands


Farewell to you, farewell to you

O fragrance of one who dwells in the blue depths

One fond embrace, until I return

Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me

Bringing fresh remembrances of the past

Dearest one, yes, you are mine, my own

From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness

The sweet rose of Maunawili

Where the birds of love dwell

And sip the honey from your lips

Queen Liliuokalani, age 53

Source: Folk Songs Hawaii Sings by John M. Kelly, Jr. - This song of farewell between two lovers is the most famous of the Queen's compositions, written in 1878. The tune of the verse resembles "The Rock Beside the Sea", composed by Charles Crozat Converse and published in Philadephia, 1857. The melody of the chorus is remarkably close to the chorus of George Frederick Root's composition, "There's Music In The Air", published in 1854. There is a manuscript of "Aloha Oe" in Queen Lili'uokalani's handwriting in the Bishop Museum. Lahilahi Webb and Virginia Dominis Koch tell of a visit by the queen and her attendants to Maunawili Ranch, the home of Edwin Boyd in windward Oahu. As they started their return trip to Honolulu on horseback up the steep Pali trail, the queen turned to admire the view of Kaneohe Bay. She witnessed a particularly affectionate farewell between a young man in her party and a lovely girl from Maunawili. As they rode up the steep cliff and into the swirling winds, she started to hum this melody weaving words into a romantic song. At the top of the pali, a cloud hung over the mountain peak and slowly floated down Nuuanu Valley. The queen continued to hum and completed her song as they rode the winding trail down the valley back to Honolulu.

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