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'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
O au keia o Kihei.
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
No Hilo aina ua halau lani, eia nae ua noho kamaaina au no keia mau makahiki he nui i ka poli o Kaiwa ma Kaohao, Kailua, Koolaupoko, Oahu.
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?
O Kailua i ke oho o ka Malanai.
mea hoihoi

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Lili‘u's "Umia ka Hanu" - Under Their Noses, Over Their Heads

Under Their Noses, Over Their Heads

na Kīhei de Silva

Hiki mai e ka lono i o‘u nei,

Aia o‘u pōki‘i lā i Kawa[1],

I ke kākela nui o ke Aupuni,

Kahi i noho ai me ka maluhia[2],

Word has come to me

That my pōki‘i is at Kawa

In the big castle of the Republic

Where he resides in apparent ease.

‘Umia ke aloha i pa‘a i loko,

No ke one ‘ōiwi ou e Hawai‘i,

‘Eha ai ka ili[3] ou kūpuna,

‘O Keawe, ‘o… Continue

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


Piukeonaʻs Notoreity is Growning

na Kīhei de Silva

Kaulana mai nei ‘o Piukeona lā

‘Auhea wale ana ‘oe 

Ka lima ku‘i o Maukealana 

‘Auhea wale ana ‘oe.

‘Akahi a lana ko‘u mana‘o lā

‘Auhea wale ana ‘oe 

E hui ‘ōlelo pū kāua lā

‘Auhea wale ana ‘oe.

‘O wau kai kapa ‘ia mai nei lā

‘Auhea wale ana ‘oe 

Mai‘a wīwī hapa Mekiko lā

ʻAuhea wale ana ʻoe.

Wīwī haokila makeneki lā

‘Auhea wale… Continue

Posted on March 1, 2009 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Lili‘u's "He ‘Ai na Kalani"

Lili‘u's "He ‘Ai na Kalani"

na Kīhei de Silva

Hui Hānai suggests that Lili‘u composed this mele for one of two events in Kalākaua’s reign: his return, in 1881, from his tour of the world, or his change of residence, in 1888, from Honolulu to Kailua, Hawai‘i. Her mele describes the special foods that were prepared on these significant occasions, the cherished friends who served them, and the respectful silence that traditionally accompanied the royal… Continue

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Mī Nei Police

Mī Nei Police

na Kīhei de Silva

I was at the Bishop Museum Archives the other day working on some chants for Ka‘ū when -- as so often happens in the process of paging through the mele collections of Roberts and Mader -- something completely unrelated and totally irresistible popped into view, ‘o ia ho‘i, the following explanation attached to Charles E. King’s "Mī Nei." The note is handwritten and unsigned, but its neat script, careful diction, and early mention of "my… Continue

Posted on May 3, 2008 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Hanohano Wailea i Kaʻu ʻIke

Hanohano Wailea

na Kīhei de Silva.

I composed "Hanohano Wailea" in 1984 after a walk to the beach. I went there to cool off after a day of yard work, but I came home quickly, far from cooled-off, with a mele stewing in my head. I’ve said elsewhere that I was inspired by the beauty of what I saw, but I was, in fact, aggravated by the palaualelo of what I’d heard. I wrote "Hanohano Wailea" in response to a self-styled keiki o ka ‘āina who had been giving his house guests a… Continue

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Ke Ala a ka Jeep

Ke Ala a ka Jeep

na Kīhei de Silva.

We’ve known for some time that Mary Kawena Pukui and Eddie Kamae composed this mele in celebration of a visit they made to Kawena’s homeland in Ka‘ū, Hawai‘i. Eddie has explained as much -- and not much more -- for most of the thirty-five years that he has been singing this song. We’ve suspected, also for quite a while, that their composition has a much deeper meaning and purpose than its bouncy "Holoholo Ka‘a" persona would have us… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Wedding Music Police

Wedding Music Police

na Kipi Brown (aka Kīhei de Silva).

We were at a wedding reception a few months ago. Very upper-crust Hawaiian. Valet parking, green lawns, white tents, two open bars, three impressive hui hīmeni taking turns on stage.

We were, therefore, more than a little surprised when the first of these groups included "Latitū" in its offering of music to bride, groom, and family. We were further taken aback when the second of these groups did the same… Continue

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Carrollʻs IZ: Lumpy Poi Cocktail

Carroll’s IZ: Lumpy Poi Cocktail.

Rick Carroll, IZ: Voice of the Hawaiian People, Bess Press, 2006.

A review by Kīhei de Silva.

Rick Carroll wrote Iz: Voice of the Hawaiian People while battling cancer. He said he had to write fast, “just in case.” The book got finished and Carroll prevailed, but he and his editors did little afterwards to undo the effects of his haste. Nor did they curb his predilection for overstatement. The result is a lumpy poi… Continue

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:00am on November 23, 2010, AlsGal said…
My dear Kihei - may I ask a favor, please? I'm trying to learn the name of the wind that comes over the Ko'olau Mountains (from Honolulu towards Kane'ohe) where it has that huge dip (kinda above Ho'omaluhia Gardens). May I ask that you indulge me by sharing your knowledge, please? Any help will be very much appreciated. I may be reached at - Mahalo nui loa.
At 4:19pm on September 18, 2009, May Balino-Sing said…
Aloha Kihei,
I am searching my genealogy, and trying to learn more of my ohana.
My Tutu was from Napoopoo and just learn you might be of the same line.
My Tutuman Nahau married Kilikina Ka Pahukula (Kanakaole?), are these names familar to you?
At 4:47pm on March 23, 2009, Mapuana de Silva said…
aloha nui au ia ʻoe! :)
At 7:27pm on December 23, 2008, Kawehi said…
ooo e kala mai, maikaʻi:)
At 6:53pm on December 23, 2008, Kawehi said…
maikaʻai au aʻo ʻoe, aka haʻo au ia ʻoe !!!!
have you been scuba-ing i ka pool:)?
At 4:36pm on December 23, 2008, Kawehi said…
so would this make sense?
ha'o au ia makou?

and by the way..... aia o 'anakala kihei i ka cabana? sorry dont no how for spell cabana? lol. ughh but miss you all way TOO MUCH!!! pehea o B? aloha au ia 'oe!!!
At 7:56am on December 19, 2008, Kawehi said…
mahalo uncle:)
pauaho ʻo brit i ka holo ʻana...

got it:)
At 10:44am on December 7, 2008, Kawehi said…
hehe:) i definatley agree. i miss it way too much tho, went by too fast!
At 1:41pm on December 6, 2008, Kawehi said…
e ʻanakala Kihei. the kiʻi on the website bring back such good memories of our huakaʻi to Kaleponi:) thank you:) well just wanted to stop by send you some aloha:)
At 10:08pm on October 21, 2008, Kawehi said…
Aloha e anakala Kihei:)
ha i no i havent seen you in forevers. besides the other day. it was like a hi bye moment. how was your trip? hope it went well. take care, and see you hopefully soon:)

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