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Hawai’i Aloha, the song is a revered anthem of the native Hawaiian people and Hawai’i residents alike. Even those who have different political and cultural views within the Hawaiian Islands pay homage to the same beloved Hawai’i song.

It is a feature of the inauguration of the Governor of Hawai’i (called Ke Kia’aina), and the opening sessions of the Hawai’i State House of Representatives and Hawai’i State Senate. Advocates of Hawaiian sovereinty hold high reguard and honor Hawai’i Aloha, a representation of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and it’s beautiful spiritual land.

It is customary in Hawai’i and among it’s residents to sing Hawai’i Aloha at both small and large, formal events and informal gatherings, typically at the closing, while participants stand in a circle with joined hands; sharing Aloha.

Traditionally, the last chorus is sung with hands raised above heads; the act of raising hands is especially important to the Kanaka Maoli and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

In 1967 Hawai’i Aloha was considered by the Hawai’i State Legislature and the Hawai’i State Constitutional Convention in 1978 to become the official state song, but “Hawai’i Pono’i, written by King David Kalakaua and composed by Royal Hawaiian Band Master Henri Berger, was chosen instead.

Hawai’i Aloha was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Hawai’i Aloha Composition

Known as “Makua Laiana” to native Hawaiians, Lorenzo Lyons, an early missionary to the Kingdom of Hawai’i wrote and composed “Hawai’i Aloha, sung to the tune of “I Left it All With Jesus.”

Lyons embarked from Boston, Massachusetts in November 1831 arriving in the South Kohala District of Hawai’i Island in May 1832. He settled in the Waimea/Kamuela area of the Big Island of Hawai’i. An advocater of Kanaka Maoli and their culture, Lyons dedicated his life to the native Hawaiians; Lyons was also fluent in Olelo Hawai’i (the Hawaiian language) and composed many poems and hymns.

Hawai’i Aloha

E Hawaiʻi e kuʻu one hānau e
Kuʻu home kulaīwi nei
ʻOli nō au i nā pono lani ou
E Hawaiʻi, aloha ē

O Hawaiʻi, O sands of my birth
My native home
I rejoice in the blessings of heaven
O Hawaiʻi, aloha.

Hui:
E hauʻoli e nā ʻōpio o Hawaiʻi nei
ʻOli ē! ʻOli ē!
Mai nā aheahe makani e pā mai nei
Mau ke aloha, no Hawaiʻi

Chorus:
Happy youth of Hawaiʻi
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Gentle breezes blow
Love always for Hawaiʻi.

E haʻi mai kou mau kini lani e
Kou mau kupa aloha, e Hawaiʻi
Nā mea ʻōlino kamahaʻo no luna mai
E Hawaiʻi aloha ē
(hui)

May your divine throngs speak
Your loving people, O Hawaiʻi
The holy light from above
O Hawaiʻi, aloha.
(chorus)

Nā ke Akua e mālama mai iā ʻoe
Kou mau kualono aloha nei
Kou mau kahawai ʻōlinolino mau
Kou mau māla pua nani ē
(hui)

God protects you
Your beloved ridges
Your ever glistening streams
Your beautiful flower gardens.
(chorus)