3 years ago
peteryang292
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#13 "Hawaii Ponoi" Lyrics by King David Kalakaua, Arrangement by Henry Berger
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Hawaii’s anthem is traditionally credited to Kalakaua, but the lyrics were likely written by his predecessor, Lunalilo, who reigned for only a year, says Hawaiian scholar Kimo Keaulana. While researching Hawaiian language newspapers from the monarchy era, Keaulana learned that a young “Lunalilo had entered a national anthem contest, and ‘Hawaii Ponoi’ was his entry—the exact lyrics,” Keaulana says. “What had happened, and this is a Hawaiian practice, is that the new ruler is entitled to put his name on anything. So when Kalakaua takes the throne, he becomes attributed as the composer.”
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A beautiful anthem for a beautiful state and people ~
3 years ago·Reply
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This is great, I never knew Hawaii had an anthem!
3 years ago·Reply
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@pipeline isn't it! Glad it's in native Hawaiian--I think it would be an a front to the people had it not been
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