Kamakani Ali‘i Wahine
Composed by Lei‘ohu Ryder
February 5, 2000

Kamakani leo o na Mala
Kamakani ola o na Pakipika
Ke’ala o ka pahu pahu la
Ka lani ku i kakou ia nei

Kamakani pu e na mokupuni
Kamakani hu e na Moku’ula
Ke aloha nei na kumu o Kamehameha ike
Ke kali nei ka hanau ia nei

HUI
Komo mai ali’i wahine
Pu e pu e Nahi’ena’ena ‘opio

Kamakani la’a ke ku’e Ku
Kamakani pono ke kukala
He pono ia na maka o ka ‘aina
He ali’i wahine o Kalanikau

E makani la o Kaua’ula
Kamakani ha o Lele-o-Laina
Ka la’akea o ka pali uliuli
Ka lani o ka Pa’upa’u la
The wind that calls ali’i wahine of Mala
To grow in the Pacific
Can you hear the drums that call
As they stand above the heavens
(looking down from Kahalawai*)

Can you hear the call of the shell to these islands (Kahalawai to Waikapu)
To this place called Moku’ula, their home
This is the great place of the teachers of Kamehameha
Waiting patiently to uncover all that is hidden
Come, the chiefess woman
Have you heard the conch shell Nahi’ena’ena the child

For the Light comes through Ku himself as he stands in the heavens
To see that everything is in standing for righteousness
For it is through righteousness that we shall inherit the land
For this is the woman called Kalanikau

The winds of Kaua’ula still blow
It is from this breath of life that comes to the leaping of the heavens
It is from the heavens above that the whiteness will cloak (the clouds)
You can hear the heartbeat of heaven


This song came to me on the wind. A song dedicated to the memory of our Queen Mother Kalanikauikaalaneo’okeopu’olani. She whispered that we must nurture the heart of the people to restore the vision of aloha & peace to the generations. It is our inheritance as children of this land to never, never forget the gifts of the land nurtured by the Holy One.

*Kahalawai - West Maui Mountains (where the waters meet)


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