Thursday, August 09, 2007

Maunaleo

Have you ever heard the song, Maunaleo? It is truly one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It was written in Hawaiian language, by Keali`i Reichel. The first time I heard it was on July 25th, when I was about to enter Keawala'i Church and walk down the aisle with my Dad. It took every bit of me not to cry, but it helped when my Dad whispered something funny in my ear.

Please, enjoy this beautiful song. Jamie Lawrence was the musician in the church that day and whose version is here (click on the play button).


He aloha nö `o Maunaleo
I lohia e ke kilihuna
Kohu `ahu`ao no ka uka
He kamalani kamaehu kau i ka hanoë
He kamalei, kamahiwa pä i ka lani ë
Po`ohina i ka `ohu kolo

Kahiko no ka poli `olu
Apo `ia e nä kualono
He hi`ina, hi`alo, alohaë
Hi`ipoli, hi`ilei, hi`ilanië

Eia ku`u lei aloha
No Maunleo i ka nani
`Ohu`ohu i ka Mälie
He kamalani kamaehu kau i ka hanoë
He kamalei, hamahiwa pä i ka lani e

No Maunaleo ke aloha kü i ka la`i e
Aloha ë, aloha ë


Beloved indeed in Maunaleo
Sparkling in the light, wind-blown rain
A finely woven cloak for the highlands
A cherished one, respected for power and strength
Esteemed, treasured, touched by heaven

Capped by the silver of the rolling mists
An adornment for that gentle heart
Embraced by the surrounding ridges
One to hold close, to hold near, to love
One dear to the heart, precious, exalted

This is my garland of affection
For Maunaleo in its beauty
Glorified by the Mälie breeze
A cherished one, respected for power and strength
Esteemed, treasured, touched by heaven

For Mauanleo is the serenity of deep love
Beloved are you, beloved indeed

2 comments:

Shari said...

Well, after listening to that, I just got to cry at your wedding. :0) Beautiful.

kate said...

You look beautiful!