Kaulana Nā Pua ʻUkulele Chords by Ellen Prendergast

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The kingdom of Hawaiʻi recalls a huge amount of nostalgia for many residents of the now-state. This was a time when the monarchy really cared for their people and led pono, regal lives.

Unfortunately, greed and power made a takeover by the United States attractive to a select few Western businessmen. They used their clout to usurp the power of the local government and pave the way to Hawaiʻi becoming a territory, and later a state.

I believe it is important that every single ʻukulele player know the history of the overthrow and how it has affected Hawaiʻi. This is a great overview.

During this time of despicable actions by outsiders, a huge majority of the population supported the Queen and monarchy. This lovely piece was written by Ellen Prendergast in support of Liliʻuokalani and was a rallying cry to those who opposed annexation to the United States.

The words spin a story of resistance and contentment with what Hawaiʻi already had. If you play the song, make sure you know what you’re singing about. This is not “just a Hawaiian song.” It’s a huge statement of supporting the Hawaiian nationals and, in this current time, usually interpreted as a vote for returning the state to the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

Kaulana Nā Pua ʻukulele chords
Ellen Prendergast
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C                  F     C
Kaulana nā pua aʻo Hawaiʻi
                     F C
Kūpaʻa ma hope o ka ʻāina
                             G7
Hiki mai ka ʻelele o ka loko ʻino
                          C
Palapala ʻānunu me ka pākaha

C                       F  C
Pane mai Hawaiʻi moku o Keawe
                      F C
Kōkua nā hono aʻo Piʻilani
                    G7
Kākoʻo mai Kauaʻi o Mano
                         C
Paʻapū me ke one Kākuhihewa

C                     F C
ʻAʻole aʻe kau i ka pūlima
                         F C
Ma luna o ka pepa o ka ʻēnemi
                      G7
Hoʻohui ʻāina kūʻai hewa
                            C
I ka pono sivila aʻo ke kanaka

C                    F C
ʻAʻole mākou aʻe minamina
                      F C
I ka puʻu kālā o ke aupuni
                       G7
Ua lawa mākou i ka pōhaku
                          C
I ka ʻai kamahaʻo o ka ʻāina

C                     F C
Ma hope mākou o Liliʻulani
                         F C
A loaʻa ʻē ka pono o ka ʻāina
                         G7
Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
                           C
ʻO ka poʻe i aloha i ka ʻāina

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me