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Lili‘u ē noho nani mai

Kō kino ē ki‘i milimili


Kō maka ē nōweo nei

Kō papālina e kukū ana


Kō po‘ohiwi ani pe‘ahi

Kō poli ē nahenahe wale


Kō kuli ē nuku moi ‘oi

Kō wāwae pahu ai i luna


Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana

Lili‘uokalani noho nani mai

  Lili‘u Ē

Antone Ka‘o‘o didn’t know any chants for Queen Lili‘uokalani, so when he was asked to perform a hula for her, he got permission from one of his kūpuna to use Lili‘u's name in a chant that he kind of knew: a chant for Kina’u, the infant son of Princess Ke‘elikōlani. So “Kina‘u Ē” became “Lili‘u Ē” -- with several  more changes that came about because Ka‘o‘o forgot some of the lines to the boy's chant and mixed up a couple of others. Still, the new chant was a big success, and before long everyone thought that it had always belonged to the queen.

Listen to ‘Anakē Māpu's

version of this oli.

O Lili‘u you sit so beautifully

Your body is like a doll to caress


Your eyes are so bright

Your cheeks are so shapely


Your shoulders wave like a fan

Your bosom is so gentle


Your knees are like a moi fish's nose

As they lift your feet upward


This ends my song

O Lili‘u you sit so beautifully