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.
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.
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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