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'O Mauna Kea


words & music
Brother Noland
Tony Conjugacion

©1994 all rights reserved

This song is featured in Mauna Kea – Temple Under Siege


First Verse

Ki’ina ‘ia i ke ao, ‘imi ana i ka wekiu
Search the world, seek the heights

Pi’o mai a ke anuenue ma mokupuni o Keawe
At the arch of the rainbow at the island of Keawe

He wahine ‘ilikea, ka wahine Poli’ahu
(is) A fair-skinned lady, the goddess Poli’ahu

Me ka ‘ahu o ke hau kea hela i ka la’i
With a cape of white snow, clearly visible in the calm

‘O Mauna Kea a he nani maoli no
Mauna Kea you are so beautiful


Second verse

Mauli loa i ka mauna, he kia’i i ka po’e
Long life has this mountain, a guardian/guide to the people

Ka po’e mai kahiki mai i ka moku o Hawai’i
To the people from Tahiti guiding them to the island of Hawai’i

Malie i ke kai o ka Pakipika
(There) in the calm of the Pacific

Ki’eki’e o ka lani kau mai i luna
Majestic are you placed high in the heavens

‘O Mauna Kea onaona i ka maka
Mauna Kea you're attractive to the eyes


Third verse

Onaona ko ‘ala, e ho’okipa ana mai
Your beauty attracts and welcomes

E na lehulehu e ‘ike i kou nani
All the multitudes to see your greatness

Puana ‘ia kaulana no Hilo hanakahi
Your fame will be told of Hilo Hanakahi

‘A’ohe lua e like ai i Hawai’i nei
Incomparable in all of Hawaa’i

‘O Mauna Kea a he ho’oheno nei
Mauna Kea you are most beloved

‘O Mauna Kea.

Liner notes for ‘O Mauna Kea
from the CD entitled Ku2

Composed for the great landmark, Mauna Kea, which served as a beacon for the Tahitian migration to Hawai’i, for it was one of the first peaks they saw with its white, snow-capped summit. It is well-known that measured below sea level, it is the tallest mountain in the world. This particular song, Tony and Noland would like to dedicate to Penny Keli’i, the Ikawa family, the Daniels family of Waimea, and to the many friends and families that Mauna Kea watches over.
Copyright 1994 all rights reserved

 

 


 

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