Aloha Oe: Queen Liliuokalani

September 18, 2008

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Aloha Oe” by Queen Lili’uokalani”

Mitchell tells me “oe” is the equivalent of “y’all.” Aloha means hello and goodbye and I love you and probably many, many more things. Here, the song is traditionally translated as “Farewell to Thee.”

Here is a new take on the song by Grammy nominated artist Amy Hanaiali from the album Nostalgia produced by Jon de Mello for the Mountain Apple Company.

Aloha Oe

Haʻaheo ka ua i nā pali — Proudly swept the rain by the cliffs
Ke nihi aʻela i ka nahele — As it glided through the trees
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko — Still following ever the bud
Pua ʻāhihi lehua o uka — The ʻāhihi lehua of the vale

Hui: Chorus:
Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe — Farewell to you, farewell to you
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo — The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace, — One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au — ‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again — Until we meet again

ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai — Sweet memories come back to me
Ke hone aʻe nei i — Bringing fresh remembrances
Kuʻu manawa — Of the past
ʻO ʻoe nō kaʻu ipo aloha — Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
A loko e hana nei — From you, true love shall never depart

Maopopo kuʻu ʻike i ka nani — I have seen and watched your loveliness
Nā pua rose o Maunawili — The sweet rose of Maunawili
I laila hiaʻia nā manu — And ’tis there the birds of love dwell
Mikiʻala i ka nani o ka lipo — And sip the honey from your lips

Here is some fun news about and a video tribute to the composer.

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Roger Bourland September 19, 2008 at 6:35 am

[A comment from a friend]

“Oe” does not mean “y’all” in Hawaiian. ‘Oe is singular, and simply means “you,” either plain old you or familiar you depending on the context. ‘Oukou would mean “y’all,” and that’s the term my Mom used when she was talking to a group of people.

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