Ka’ula
Composed by Lei‘ohu Ryder
December 30, 1999

Ka manu la’a lani
Auhea wale ‘oe
Ku’u lei aloha
He wailele Ka’ula

Ka manu la’a lani
Auhea wale ‘oe
Ku’u poli ia pili
Na pohaku i Ka’ula

HUI
Ilihune o ka la i’ini mau loa
Ua pili na mamo hulu
Kena o i’o o ka ‘aina papa la
Iluna me ka la’akea kalani e

Ka manu la’a lani
Auhea wale ‘oe
He mana’o pa’a pono kahi
I ke kai o na moku

Puana ka inoa
O Ka’ula
Ku’u home o na moku
O Ni’ihau
Oh bird of heaven
Where are you
My lei of love
Above the waters surrounding Ka’ula

Oh bird of heaven
Where are you
Keeping/holding close to the bosom
The stone (gift) Ka’ula

The rainbow in the mist forever
Carrying close the generations of the past
From the eye of the hawk I see the land
and I soar to heaven from whence I came

Oh bird of heaven
Where are you
My thoughts are sealed righteously
Within the island of sea

Tell the name
of Ka’ula
My home in the island
Ni’ihau


From a sacred homeland & in search of the sacred homeland, a bird carries a gift from heaven. In the mist of sea spray & heavens cloud spray a rainbow prism is seen. The island in sight allows one to give a great gift from within. Symbolized by the pohaku.


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