Lei Ponimōʻī   Sheet Music: Hopkins Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs 1899, 1928)   22

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1. Mahalo au ‘o ka | nani
O ku‘u lei ponimō- | ‘ī,
A‘u i honi ho‘o- | mau
I ke ‘ala o ia | pua,
Pau ‘ole ko‘u ho‘o- | hihi
Ka puīa ‘ala o ka | hanu,
Ua noho wale i ka | la‘i
A nohea ke ‘ike | aku.

Ke ‘ala kai hiki | mai,
O ku‘u lei ponimō- | ‘ī,
Noho ‘oe a mana‘o | mai,
Ho‘i mai kāua e | pili.

2. Eia nei ko a- | loha,
Ka liko pua o ka ‘ā- | hihi,
A‘u i kui a lawa i ‘a- | ne‘i,
I hoa pili no ke a- | loha,
E ake ana au e | ‘ike
I ke kumu o ke | ‘ala,
He ‘ala kūpa- | oa
Hanu ‘ala i ka | poli.  [ACHS]
1. I admire the beauty
of my carnation lei,
I have continuously smelled
the fragrance of this flower,
Endless is my fancy for
the fragrant issue of its breath,
[A flower] dwelling in the calm
and lovely to see.

A fragrance comes
from my carnation lei,
When you think of me,
come here so we can be close.

2. Love for you is here
from the leaf bud of the hihi
I strung and tied securely here,
A companion for my beloved,
I am anxious to see
the source of the fragrance,
Heady fragrance
that lingers on my breath. 
Translation, Mary Kawena Pukui. [QS]

Hua ‘ōlelo: Lili‘uokalani
Leo:  Coelho. William or Huelani; ca. 1897 see [QS] pg. 226
KBMH pg. 122

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Bibliography: KBMH Ka Buke Mele o na Himeni Hawaii Holstein 1897 (Bishop Museum 2003)
KHHH Ka Hoonanea o na Home Hawaii Keakaokalani & Bright 1888
ACHS Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs Wall, Nichols Co. 1899, 1928
NMHN Nā Mele o Hawaiʻi Nei, Elbert & Mahoe; University of Hawai‘i Press; Honolulu, 1970
QS The Queen's Songbook, Hui Hānai; Honolulu, 1999
HMA He Mele Aloha Wilcox, Hussey, Hollinger & Nogelmeier; Honolulu, 2003

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