Hanohano Hanalei Magnificent Hanalei

Melody - Alfred Alohikea 192?

 
Hanohano Hanalei i ka ua nui;
E pakika kahi limu o Manu'akepa.
I laila ho'i au i 'ike iho ai
I ka hana hu'i konikoni i ka 'ili.
Aloha kahi one o pua rose
I ka ho'opš 'ia e ka hunakai.
'Akahi ho'i au a 'ike i ka nani.
Hanohano Hanalei i ka ua nui.

Kilakila kahi wai nā Molokama
I ke kau 'ia mai ho'i e ka 'ohu.
He 'ohu ho'i 'oe nō ka 'āina
A Hanalei a'e ha'aheo nei.
Kilohi i ka nani Māmalahoa
I ka ho'opš 'ia e ke kšhau.
'Elua wale iho nō māua,
I kolu i ka hone a ka 'ehu kai.
 
Tr. Ed Peaslee 1999
Magnificent is Hanalei with its heavy rains,
Slippery the mosses of Manu'akepa;
There I felt the great rain,
Painful to the skin.
I greet you, sands and roses,
Drenched with sea spray.
Never have I seen such beauty,
Magnificent Hanalei with its heavy rains.

Majestic streams of Molokama,
Suspended in mist,
You are the mists of this land,
The pride of Hanalei.
Behold the beauty of Māmalahoa Peak,
Drenched by the dew.
Only we two are here
With the sound of the sea spray.


This song was composed by Alfred Alohikea in the 1920's. Hanalei, on the island of Kaua'i is known for its "great rain which pains the skin" (I ka ua nui ho 'eha 'ili), which has averaged 476 inches a year, the heaviest in the world.


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