Aloha Friday: Kimo Henderson Hula

Raiatea sings a song written by famous kapuna Helen Beamer about Hilo philanthropist James Henderson.



Kimo Hula - Words & music by Helen D. Beamer
Aia i ka u ka o Pi`ihonua
Ke kîhâpai pua ulumâhiehie
I laila au la `ike i ka nani
O nâ pua `ala a he nui wale
Ho`ohihi nâ manu o ke kuahiwi
Nâ `i`iwi maka pôlena
I ka `ono i ka wai o nâ pua
O Moanike`ala i ka uluwehiwehi
Mahalo `iâ `oe e ka hoa aloha
I ka ho`okipa e nâ malihini
Eia kô lei poina `ole
O Leimakani lei onaona
Ha`ina `ia mai ana ka puana
Moanike`ala i ka uluwehiwehi
Hea aku mâkou e ô mai `oe
Kimo o ka uka `iu `iu he inoa
 




In the uplands of Pi`ihonua
A flower garden in beautiful arrayThere I see the beautyOf the fragrant flowers in great profusion
The birds of the forest are attracted hereThe yellow eyed `i`iwi
At the sweet nectar of the flowers
Of Moanike`ala's beautiful gardens
Thank you dear friendFor gracious hospitality to visitors
Here is your unforgettable, belovedLeimakani, a lei so fragrant
The story is toldMoanike`ala, beautifully verdant
We call, you answerJim of the highlands, your name-song
Source: Songs of Helen Desha Beamer, Copyright 1953 Harriett Beamer Magoon - Composed for James Kimo Henderson, "James of the Highlands" a poetic reference to Scotland, his birthplace. Moanike`ala was the name of the Henderson home in Pi`ihonua, above Hilo. Leimakani was Kimo Henderson's wife.

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