Queen Lili'uokalani began studying music at an early age
and would go on to write over 160 poetic melodies and chants, including
one of the four Hawaiian National Anthems. Through her music and lyrics
she expressed her feelings about Hawaii and its people.
"ALOHA OE," her best known composition,
tells the tale of two lovers as they reluctantly depart.
For more information about this recording, visit the Wanui
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Among the other songs making up Lili'uokalani's musical legacy
NANI NA PUA KOOLAU (Beautiful Are the Flowers
of Koolau), Lili'uokalani's first published song, 1869.
HE MELE LAHUI HAWAII, (The Song of the Hawaiian
Nation), was the second of Hawaii's 4 national anthems. Lili'uokalani
wrote this song at the request of King Kamehameha V in 1868, well before
she was Queen.
AHE LAU MAKANI (The Soft Gentle Breeze),
PUNA PAIA AALA (Puna's Fragrant Bower),
HE PULE (A Prayer), 1874.
KA WAI MAPUNA (The Water Spring), 1876.
KUU PUA I PAOAKALANI (My Flower at Paoakalani);
written about the flowers that her husband sent her.
HE INOA NO KA-'IU-LANI (A Name Song for Ka-'iu-Lani);
written for her niece.
HE KANIKAU NO LELE-IO-HOKU; a dirge for Lele-io-Hoku,
Queen Lili'uokalani's brother who died of rheumatic fever at age 22 in
KA WILIWILIWAI (The Lawn Sprinkler); written
at Washington Place about a neighbors sprinkler.
KOKOHI (To Hold Forever)
PUIA KA NAHELE (Forest Imbued with Fragrance),