Lei Pua Kenikeni - by John K. Almeida

 

No ka lei aloha, lei pua kenikeni
Ko'u hia'ai a me ko'u ho'ohihi
 
 
 
Ke 'ala ho'oheno ka'u aloha
I ka ne mai e welilna kaua
 
 
 
Kaua i ka nani a o ia pua
I ka hana ho'oipo a ke onaona
 
 
 
Onaona lei nani lei ho'ohie
Ho'oipo, ho'oulu mahiehie
 
 
 
Mapu 'ala ho'oheno i ka poli
Lanikeha i ka ike a ka maka
 
 
 
Eia no ka puana o ke mele
No ka lei pua kenikeni he inoa

 

For the beloved lei of pua kenikeni
My admiration and delight
 
 
 
Its pleasing perfume I enjoy
Which tells our love for each other
 
 
 
May you and I admire the flower's beauty
With its subtle fragrance so appealing
 
 
 
Fragrant, beautiful and excellent is the lei
Appealing and most attractive
 
 
 
Its soft perfume wins the heart
Its beauty is most entrancing
 
 
 
This is the ending of this song
In praise of the pua kenikeni