Lei Lehua O Pana`ewa

by Charles E. King
This song speaks of the lei representing the beauty of a companion and the beauty of the natural world around her.

ʻO ʻoe no ia e kuʻu lei lehua
Ke ʻala onaona o Panaʻewa

Ua kohu no ʻoe me ka nani mae ʻole
I lei hoʻohie no Hilo Bay

ʻO ʻoe no ia e maile lauliʻi
Ke ʻala onaona o Hanakāhi

Hoʻokahi no liʻa e hoʻi e ʻike
E pili me iala me mahina laʻilaʻi

Ua liʻa no au e ʻike ia ʻoe
I ka wai lehua a ka manu

I ka ua kilihune noenoe i ka lehua
E wehi aʻe la i kuʻu home

Hoʻi mai ke aloha me kuʻu lei lehua
E lei i ke one o Punahoa

He hoa no ʻoe i ka wai kilihune
I ka wai huʻihuʻi o Hilo Bay

Me ʻoe ke aloha e ka nani mae ʻole
Ke ʻala onaona o Hanakāhi

ʻAkahi ke aloha ua hiki mai
E pili ka lehua o kuʻu home

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Kuʻu lei lehua o Panaʻewa