KU`U LEI PUA KENIKENI

by Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett

E KU’U LEI PUA KENIKENI                        MY PUAKENIKENI LEI
E KU’U LEI ‘ALA ONAONA                        MY FRAGRANT LEI
E KU’U LEI MAKAMAE                               MY PRECIOUS LEI
HI’ILEI MAU I KU’U POLI                            CHERISHED AT MY HEART…
HE ALOHA E, HE ALOHA LA                    HE ALOHA E, HE ALOHA LA
HE ALOHA ‘OE E KU’U IPO                      BELOVED IS MY LEI
HE ALOHA E, HE ALOHA LA                    HE ALOHA E, HE ALOHA LA
HE ALOHA LA EA                                      BELOVED  
E KU’U LEI PUA KENIKENI                        MY LEI OF PUA KENIKENI
MA KU’U POLI MAI ‘OE                             AT MY HEART
E NANEA ANA KAUA                                 LET’S ENJOY
E NAUE MAI E PILI                                     MOVE UNTIL WE ARE CLOSE
PILI HO’OIPOIPO                                       CLOSE IN LOVE….
PAU ‘OLE KO’U HO’OHIHI                        MY INFATUATION IS UNCEASING
ME ‘OE E KU’U LEI ALOHA                      WITH YOU MY BELOVED LEI
KAU ANA LA I KA HEKE                            PLACED AT THE HIGH ABOVE
HIEHIE ME KA ‘OPUA                               REGAL LIKE THE CLOUDS…
 
PUANA ‘IA E KU’U LEI                                IT IS TOLD OF MY LEI
E KU’U LEI PUA KENIKENI                         MY LEI OF PUA KENIKENI
KA MEA E LI’A MAU NEI                            THE ONE I DESIRE CONSTANTLY
POINA ‘OLE I KA HALI’A                            NEVER FORGOTTEN IN MY RECOLLECTIONS
 
 

WRITTEN IN THE MEMORY OF MY SON, KUAKAPUOKALANI K. HEWETT…..HE IS MY FRAGRANT LEI OF PUAKENIKENI….HELD LOVINGLY AT MY HEART….HE IS THE ONE THAT I THINK OF CONSTANTLY…NEVER FORGOTTEN….ALWAYS IN MY RECOLLECTIONS…..E KU’U LEI PUA KENIKENI…… 

I WRITE THESE MELE, SO THAT WHEN HIS DAUGHTERS BECOME ADULTS, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO REMEMBER THEIR FATHER….WHAT A KIND PERSON HE WAS….HIS ZEST FOR LIFE AND ENJOYMENT…HIS LAUGHTER….AND HIS LOVE FOR HIS DAD….WE ARE LIKE THIS LEI OF PUA KENIKENI….LOVE STRUNG INTO A LEI….KNOTTED…AND CHERISHED FOREVER…..