Kaimana Hila (Hawai’i’s Prince Kuhio) | Hawaiian Music by Ukulele Mele - lanikai-beach.net

Fong and her husband Richard Tom – The Serenaders – sing and play (Diamond Head) on and u-bass over photos of who lived in the area when the song was written (words below). Hawai’i has a state holiday on his birthday. #playuke #hawaiiansongs

Mele’s arrangement is in D, then G, then F all with Olapa Strum for ‘ukulele. It includes an English translation found in He Mele Aloha Songbook ‘Oli ‘Oli Productions 2003 over an instrumental u-bass solo. The arrangement uses the most popular four of seven verses that hula dancers follow today.

This Hawaiian song was arranged by Charles E. King in 1916 and relates the adventures of a group of friends on holiday in Waikiki on Oahu.

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I waho makou i ka po nei
A’ike i ka nani o kaimana hila
Kaimana hila, kau mai i luna.

I waho makou i Waikiki
A ‘ike i ka nani o papa he’e nalu
Papa he’e nalu, he’ehe’e malie.

I waho makou kapi’olani paka
A ‘ike i ka nani o lina poepoe
Lina poepoe, ho’oluhi kino.

Ha’ina ia mai ana ka puana
A ‘ike i ka nani o kaimana hila
Kaimana hila, kau mai i luna.

We were all out last night
And saw the beauty of Diamond Head
Diamond Head, set high above.

We were all out at Waikiki
And saw the beauty of board surfing
Board surfing, gently gliding.

We were all out at Kapi’olani Park
And saw the beauty of the race track
Race track, that tires the body.

The refrain is told
We saw the beauty of Diamond Head
Diamond Head, set high above.

Ha’ina Hou:
Ha’ina ia ma ana ka puana
A ‘ike i ka nani o kaimana hila
Kaimana hila, kau mai i luna.

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