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Hawai'i Pono'ī

For Saturday, June 16, 2012

Na Kekeha Solis

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Synopsis: Discussion of the national anthem, Hawai'i Pono'ī and Kamehameha I and other good ali'i and mō'i.

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Aloha mai kākou e nā makamaka heluhelu. 'O ia po'o mana'o e kau a'ela i luna, 'o ia nō ka inoa o ke mele lāhui a ka Mō'ī Kalākaua i haku ai. A he mele lāhui ia e hīmeni 'ia nei a hiki i kēia lā. Ua lilo ho'i ua mele nei 'o ia ke mele aupuni 'o ka moku'āina 'o Hawai'i.

Eia mai kahi mo'olelo i loa'a mai nei i ko 'oukou mea kākau ma kekahi nūpepa kahiko, no ka mana'o o kekahi po'e 'enemi o ka lāhui Hawai'i, e ho'ololi 'ia nā hua 'ōlelo o ua mele lāhui nei, 'o ia ho'i, e kāpae 'ia nā 'ōlelo pili ali'i. Penei ka mo'olelo: “Moe lolii iho nei ka manao o ka nupepa namu pahemo kakahiaka o ka poai hoohuiaina a i ka Poakahi i hala, owaka ae la e hoololiia ka na olelo o ke mele lahui “Hawaii Ponoi.” O ke kumu ka, ua kupono ole na olelo no keia au, a he mea pono ke kapae ae i na olelo pili alii. E mau no ka ka leo, o na olelo no ke hoololi ae, me ko lakou manao e apoia aku ana e ka lahui no lakou ke one oiwi a lakou i pakaha iho la” (Ka Makaainana, Ianuali 15, 1894).

'Eā, inā i 'ae aku ko kākou mau kūpuna i ia ho'ololi 'ia 'ana, inā he mele lāhui hou kā kākou e hīmeni ai i kēia mau lā. 'A'ole na'e i pū'iwa ka mana'o o ko 'oukou mea kākau i ka mo'olelo o ka Makaainana ma luna a'e nei, pēlā nō ka makemake o ia mau haole i pākaha ihola i ke one hānau o kākou. He makemake e holoi a ho'onalowale 'ia aku ka mo'olelo o kākou a me kā lākou hana kū i ka hewa.

'O kekahi kumu e kau a'e nei ia po'o mana'o ma luna, 'o ka Pō'akahi nei, 'o ia nō ka lā kulāia e ho'omana'o ai iā Kamehameha I, ke Kupuna Ali'i na'i 'āina. 'O Hawai'i Pono'ī, he mele ia e ho'ohanohano ana i kekahi o nā Kamehameha, iā Kamehameha I nō paha. A he mea maopopo wale, he mau hana maika'i 'ole kāna, akā, he mau hana maika'i a kūpono nō ho'i no nā kānaka, e like me ia kānāwai kaulana loa, 'o ia ho'i, ke Kānāwai Māmalahoe. Inā e koho ko 'oukou mea kākau i ke alaka'i 'oi ma waena o Kamehameha I a me nā pelekikena a pau o 'Amelika Hui Pū 'Ia, 'o ka Lani Kamehameha nō ke alaka'i a ko 'oukou mea kākau e koho ai.

A 'o kekahi mea a kākou e hīmeni ha'aheo ai iā Hawai'i Pono'ī, ua lilo ua mele nei i hō'ailona no nā Ali'i a Mō'ī kūpono o ke au i hala. 'A'ole nō lākou e helu papa 'ia ma kēia mo'olelo nei, 'oiai, he nui a lehulehu ia helu.

Eia mai ua mele lāhui nei a kākou.

Hawai'i Pono'ī

Hawai'i Pono'ī,
Nānā i kou Mō'ī,
Ka Lani Ali'i,
Ke Ali'i.

Hui—Makua Lani e,
Kamehameha e,
Na kāua e pale,
Me ka ihe.

Hawai'i Pono'ī,
Nānā i nā Ali'i,
Nā pua kou muli,
Nā Pōki'i.

Hawai'i Pono'ī,
E ka lāhui e,
'O kāu hana nui,
E ui e.

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E ho'ouna 'ia mai na ā leka iā māua, 'o ia ho'i 'o Laiana Wong a me Kekeha Solis ma ka pahu leka uila ma lalo nei:

>> kwong@hawaii.edu
>> rsolis@hawaii.edu

a i ‘ole ia, ma ke kelepona:

>> 956-2627 (Laiana)
>> 956-2627 (Kekeha)

This column is coordinated by Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.






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elijahhawaii3 wrote:
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on June 16,2012 | 11:59AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Many insults but no substance. It's really sad to see elijahhawaii3 behaving in such an infantile way week after week, apparently incapable of discussing substantive issues in a rational way. A lot of rage. Maybe some meds would help, or perhaps an anger-management course.
on June 16,2012 | 09:42PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
elijahhawaii3 Talking racism already? (ho'okae 'ili). Yes, that's appropriate regarding the song "Hawai'i pono'i." Talking "stupid" already? (hupo). Yes, that's appropriate regarding schoolkids and adults today who memorize and enthusiastically sing the song without understanding what the words mean.
on June 16,2012 | 11:32AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The title itself means "true Hawaiians" or "Hawaiians by rightfulness" implying that people born and raised in Hawaii but who lack a drop of the magic blood are not true Hawaiians. The lyrics appeal to "ka lahui" which superficially could refer to "the nation" but actually is a thinly disguised reference to "the race."
on June 16,2012 | 11:34AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The song was not so much a national anthem, but rather an appeal to ethnic Hawaiians to rally and unify under the banner of their kings and chiefs. It's like what ethnic Hawaiians activists are doing today when they call for "unity" -- they are not asking for all Hawaii's people to be unified as equals without regard to race; they are asking only people with Hawaiian blood to come together in racial solidarity to defend racial entitlement programs and to demand sovereignty for a race-based "nation".
on June 16,2012 | 11:35AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
One reason the monarchy was overthrown is that Kalakaua and Lili'uokalani increasingly treated "Hawai'i" as the name of a race instead of being the name of a place. Lili'uokalani often used the phrase "my people" referring not to the multiracial people of her nation who were "her people" because they were under her rulership, but rather referring to her racial group -- her people because they shared her blood.
on June 16,2012 | 11:37AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
When I am at a public event nowadays and hear "Hawai'i Pono'i" being sung and everybody stands up, I might or might not stand. If the "Star Spangled Banner" is also being sung (first), then I will stand for "Hawai'i Pono'i" out of respect for its historical significance in the kingdom and for its adoption as the anthem of the State of Hawaii; but if "Hawai'i Pono'i" is played alone, without the Star Spangled Banner, then I remain seated to show my opposition to its use as an anthem for racial separatism and ethnic nationalism.
on June 16,2012 | 11:38AM
elijahhawaii3 wrote:
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on June 16,2012 | 12:01PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Yup. elijahhawaii3 has just confirmed the correctness of my analysis, that "Hawai'i Pono'i" did not deserve to be the national or state anthem of a multiracial nation or state. It's function back then, and still to this very day, is to perpetuate racial solidarity, which is what elijahhawaii3 says should be perpetuated with the song. Reminds me of those crazy islamists shouting "Allahu akbar" when they throw a grenade or fire a mortar round or blow themselves (and innocent civilians) up with a suicide bomb -- their action is political and has nothing to do with God, and yet they invoke God's name to support the evil they do. Hawaii has had a multiracial population and government for more than 200 years, yet it has an anthem urging racial solidarity and a bunch of activists using the anthem for that purpose today. So go ahead elijahhawaii3 and shout "E ola mau" and "'onipa'a ka lahui" as your version of "Allahu akbar" when you hurl your rhetorical stinkbombs.
on June 16,2012 | 06:51PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
FYI - the EXACT translation of Hawai‘i Pono‘i is "Hawaii's Own". Kenny K Konklin's translation is laughably incorrect. He learned conversational Hawaiian for a few months and now he thinks he is an expert. Moreover, his phony translation just proves his WHITE IS RIGHT racist slant that shows his racist hatred for the Hawaiian people, their culture, and their language.
on December 27,2012 | 12:02PM
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