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Chant Name:
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Lili`u E (Queen Lili`u)

First Line :
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Lili`u e noho nani mai

Content Categories :
Ali`i (chiefs, chiefesses)
Aloha (love)
Holoholona (animals)
Mo`olelo (legends and myths)
N Akua (gods and goddesses)
Nature
P`ani (games, pastimes, sport)
Pele `Ohana (volcano goddess and family)
Wahi Pana (legendary places)
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Chant Text (Hawaiian): Chant Text (English):
Lili`u e noho nani mai
Ko kino ki`i milimili
Ko maka nweo wale
Ko pplina e kuku ana
Ko po`ohiwi ani pe`ahi
Ko poli nahenahe wale
Ko kuli nuku moi oe
Ko wwae kau mai i luna
Ha`ina `ia mai ana kapuana
Lili`u e noho nani mai

He inoa no Lili`uokalani
Lili`u sitting beautifully
Your body to fondle lovingly
Your eyes are so bright
Your cheeks are so plump
Your shoulders sway like a fan
Your bosom is so soft
Your knees are like a moi-fish nose
Your feet are lifted up
Tell the refrain
Lili`u sitting beautifully

In the name of Lili`uokalani

Source of Chant & Translation:
Nona Beamer Collection

Published Research Sources: 

N Mele Hula volume 1 (Beamer)
- Pages 30-31 give detailed background on this chant and pay tribute to the Queen. It is listed as hula type Hula `lapa.

Hula Pahu volume 1 (Kaeppler)
- Page 182 gives a little more background on Anton Ka``, the composer of "Lili`u e."


Additional Notes :
The publication "N Mele o Hawai`i Nei: 101 Hawaiian Songs" (University of Hawai`i Press) gives extensive background on this chant on page 45. The authors Noelani Mhoe and Samuel Elbert write that this chant derived from "He Inoa No Kna`u," a chant for the infant son of Princess Ruth who was born in the mid-1800's. Kumu Hula Anton Ka`` was called upon to make a presentation to the Queen and substituted "Lili`u" for "Kna`u" to come up with his presentation.

Background on Chant :
This chant is in the general class of Hula Ali`i (dances for Royalty) and is dedicated to Queen Lili`uokalani. It's origins are unusual - it was thought to have been composed spontaneously by Anton Ka`` and he used the chant "He Inoa No Kna`u" as a base.

Please see "Published Sources" section above for greater detail on where to find what research is available. Visuals are part of the Hawai`i State Archives Collection.

Please also consult the "Kupuna" section at bottom to read and hear what our elders have to share.

Visuals:
Queen Lili`uokalani
Princess Ruth, mother of Kna`u


Related Hula Types
Hula Ali`i (Dance for chief or monarch)
 

Related Implements/Instruments
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Related Küpuna
Beamer, Nona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha
Bekeart, Edna Pualani Farden
 

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