Posts Tagged ‘Song’

The Music of Hawaii!

October 21, 2011

According to Honolulu Magazine (June 2007), Aloha Oe was the first Hawaiian song to achieve acclaim outside the islands.  And, to this day it remains the most famous composition of Hawaii.   Written by Queen Liliuokalani in the late 1870s, it has been described as both a love song as well as a song of farewell. 

In Hawaiian:

Ha`aheo ka ua i nâ pali
Ke nihi a`ela i ka nahele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko
Pua `âhihi lehua o uka

Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again

`O ka hali`a aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone a`e nei i
Ku`u manawa
`O `oe nô ka`u ipo aloha
A loko e hana nei

Maopopo ku`u `ike i ka nani
Nâ pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hia`ia nâ manu
Miki`ala i ka nani o ka lipo

In English:

Proudly swept the rain by the cliffs
As it glided through the trees
Still following ever the bud
The ‘ahihi lehua of the vale

Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances
Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And ’tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips

Words of the day: Mele (music); He mele (song).

Source: Huapala, Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives (

Source of Hawaiian terms: An English-Hawaiian Dictionary with Various Useful Tables, by H.R. Hitchcock (1968).

Standin’ on the Corner!

July 1, 2011

In Winslow, Arizona . . . or so the Eagles’ song goes . . . but about 20 miles west of Winslow and 43 miles east of Flagstaff (mere minutes from Interstate 40) is the most well known and best preserved meteorite crater in the world. 

Meteor Crater lies at an elevation of about 1,740 m (5,709 ft) above sea level. It is about 1,200 m (4,000 ft) in diameter, some 170 m deep (570 ft), and is surrounded by a rim that rises 45 m (150 ft) above the surrounding plains. The center of the crater is filled with 210–240 m (700–800 ft) of rubble lying above crater bedrock.

So, “Take It Easy” . . . and be glad you weren’t in the vicinity when this baby fell to the Earth!