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Mahai'ula - words & music by Helen Desha Beamer

 

Haele a'e kaua la
I ke kono a ka makemake
E kipa e luana e ho'onanea
Me Puanani a me Kapala
 
Hui:
He nani a he nani maoli no
Mahai'ula i ka la'i
Hali'i mai la i ka loa
Me ke kai kahakai ki'i lihilihi i ke one
E o, e Puanani me Kapala kou inoa
 
A hiki i Kailua
Kau i ka moku Imua he inoa
'Au aku 'o ia kai loa
Kaulana Kona i ke kai malino
 
Ku i ke awa 'o Mahai'ula
He ani lima ka'u 'ike aku
Kau i ka wa'apa hoe lima
A pae aku i ka 'aina
 
Hau'oli na makamaka
Pumehana ka 'apo 'ana mai
Honi aku a honi mai
Ke aloha ia a ka Hawai'i
 
Kipa i ka 'olu o ka home
Ho'ola'ila i me na hoa
Moani ke 'ala o na pua
'Oliana aloalo pua kalaunu
 
Unu mai na 'ono o ke kai
Hui me na wai kau o Maleka
Ua 'ai ua inu a kena
'A'ohe mea i koe aku
 
Aloha e ka leo o kahi 'enekini
I ka hone mai na hola like 'ole
E ha'i mai ana i ka nuhou
Ua 'a ka uwila ia kahakai
 
Ho'ohihi au i ka li'ula
I ka 'a mai i ka welelau o ka honua
Eia mahina kau ahiahi
E ho'oipoipo ana me hoku loa
Helen Desha Beamer

 

Let's go, we're
Invited and wish
To visit, enjoy and relax
With Puanani and Kapala
 
Chorus:
Beautiful, how truly beautiful
Mahai'ula in the calm
Spread out there lengthwise
With the sea drawing lace pictures on the sand
Answer, Puanani and Kapala to your name song
 
Arriving at Kailua
Board the boat named Imua
Sail the long sea of
Kona, famous for it's calm
 
Anchor in the channel of Mahai'ula
I see hands waving
Board the small boat and row
Until we reach land
 
Happy, dear friends
Warmly embracing
Exchanging kisses
The greeting of the Hawaiian
 
Inviting is the cool comfort of the home
Lighthearted contentment among friends
Windborne fragrance of the flowers
Oleander, hibiscus, crown flower
 
Heaps of delicacies from the sea
Together with drinks from America
Ate and drank our fill
There was nothing left
 
Greeted by the voice of the generator
Softly humming through the hours
Telling the news
That electricity has come to the beach
 
I am entranced by the twilight
That lights the very ends of the earth
Here, evening moon rises
Making love with Morning Star