Aloha e ku‘u one hānau
E mau loa i ka mālamalama
A pūlama mau i ka lei ho‘oheno
Lei hanohano a‘o nā kūpuna
E ola nā ‘ōiwi ē
E ō nā iwi a‘o ku‘u iwi
‘O ke koko a‘o ku‘u koko
Me ke ēwe a‘o ku‘u ēwe
Me ke ēwe a‘o ku‘u ēwe
E ala mai e ku‘u lāhui ē
Nā koa o ke aloha ‘āina
E kū kia‘i mau e nā mamo aloha
A‘e kuleana like kākou
Love to my birthsands
May you remain ever-vibrant
And always care for the cherished lei
Honorable adornment of the elders
The natives thrive
Endure forever, bones of my bones
Blood of my blood
Kin of my kin
Kin of my kin
Arise, my nation
Warriors who love this land
Continue to stand and protect, beloved descendants
And bear this responsibility together
E lana mālie ‘oe i ke kai o Kanaloa
He ‘āina aloha nui ‘ia a ka lāhui
E hui, alu like i ola Kaho‘olawe
E ō mai e nā hoa aloha ‘āina, e ō mai ē!
Eō! (Eō e Kaho‘olawe!)
Eō! (Eō e Kohemālamalama!)
Eō! (Eō e Kanaloa!)
Mai ka lā hiki a ka lā kau
He ‘āina weliweli, a he ‘āina aloha
Kaumaha ka Uakea, he waimaka
Pā mai ka makani haowela
Hānau hou ‘o Kanaloa
I ola Kanaloa
I ola kākou
‘Eu mai nā ‘iwa lanalana
Ma Kuheia i ‘āuna ai
‘Au nā koa hao kila e ho‘omalu mai
‘Awekuhi lawe i nā pua hinahina
E alu like ai
Nā hoa aloha ‘āina
Puka mai Makali‘i, he au no Lono
Ho‘i i ka piko hole pelu o Kanaloa
He ala i ka hiki, he ala loa
Ua lawe nō a lilo ku‘u Moku
Ulu nā pua aloha ‘āina
Ola mau ‘o Kanaloa
‘Ane hiki mai, ‘ane hiki mai, eō
There floating calmly in the sea of Kanaloa
Is an island beloved by the lāhui
You gather us, unified so Kaho‘olawe lives
Heed the call, patriots of this place, respond!
From the beginning of time
A ravaged land, a land that is loved
The Uakea rain is heavy with tears
The wind blows, burning the skin
Here is Kaho‘olawe
Kanaloa is born once more
So Kanaloa thrives
So we all thrive
We are here!
The ‘iwa birds stir and rise
At Kuheia they gather and assemble
The brave swim and seek protection
The tentacle of Kanaloa brings us
To join together
The aloha ‘āina
Makali‘i bursts forth, the time for Lono
Let us return to the piko of Kanaloa
This is the path to the future
My land has been returned, won back
The aloha ‘āina grow and prosper
Kanaloa will live on forever
We are here!
We are here!
We are arriving, we are arriving, respond!
Hanohano ka leo kupa o ka ‘āina
Ke kāhiko ‘oi kelakela o nā moku
Mikololohua mai Hawai‘i a Kaua‘i
Kauahe mikioi piko o Lehua
‘O ka ‘ōlelo ka ‘aiali‘ilani (e ola ai)
Ka mana nui ‘oia‘i‘o (e lanakila ai)
E noke mau i ka make‘e ‘Ōlelo Makuahine
Ku‘u lei momi mau loa
Waiwai ka no‘eau hulu kūpuna
Pa‘ahana i ka ‘olu o La‘i Aloha
‘Ō‘ili ka waiho a ka wena āiwaiwa
‘Īkoi welo mau nō nā mū‘ō
Ua pa‘a, ua paepae ke kahua hale
Hale ua noe o ka uka o Mānā
Leo pū‘ā punua ho‘ōla mauliola
I ō mau a mau ku‘u kulāiwi
Kamehameha Schools will proudly celebrate the 100th year of Song Contest with the release of three virtual choir performances. Unprecedented in scope, they bring together hundreds of voices from the class of 2020 in student-composed mele.
Discover the stories behind the songs and students who wrote and performed them with an insider’s look at how the time-honored Kamehameha Schools Song Contest underwent a digital transformation this year.
KS Director of Advancement Pono Maʻa, KSK Class of 2020 co-ed director Josias Pili Fronda, and KSK Poʻo Kula Dr. Taran Chun celebrate the creation of a new scholarship fund honoring aloha ʻāina and the Class of 2020.
Just as the theme “I Mau ke Aloha ʻĀina” suggests, this entire project has been an exercise in creating and working toward a long-term vision of ʻāina consciousness. To help make that vision a reality and to commemorate the release of these virtual choir presentations for the 100th Song Contest celebration, Kamehameha School Kapālama and the Pauahi Foundation have created a brand new scholarship honoring our commitment to enduring aloha ʻāina as well as the efforts of the Class of 2020.
The “Class of 2020 Aloha ʻĀina Scholarship” is a perpetual scholarship that will provide future generations an opportunity to realize their potential contribution to our ʻāina, our lāhui and the world.
To contribute to this scholarship fund , visit www.pauahi.org/give. Select "Class of 2020 Aloha ʻĀina Scholarship" to designate your funds.
Director: Hannah Asano
Home: ‘Aiea, O‘ahu
Mele: I Ola Kaho‘olawe
In this day and age, our generation is constantly looking for ways to have a better future. This mele is a great example of how our people made, and are still making, the efforts to improve our future lives. This mele was composed to encourage and to show others that there’s still hope.” — Hannah, senior women director
Director: Taisamasama Keahiwela Ka‘imina‘auao-Eteuati
Home: Anahola, Kaua‘i
Mele: Ka Leo Kupa o ka ‘Āina
“Ka Leo Kupa o ka ‘Āina recognizes the history of ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and its applications for the future growth and perpetuation of our lāhui by recognizing it as the language of our kūpuna, our ‘āina, our iwi and the structure that upholds our history and mele.” — Taisamasama, senior men director
Director: Josias Pilināmakaika‘oia‘i‘o Ka‘upu Fronda
Home: Mānoa, O‘ahu
Mele: Ola nā ‘Ōiwi Aloha ‘Āina
“This new mele represents the past, present and future of our culture. In today’s modern society where so many things are about looking inward and towards one’s own views and opinions, this song recognizes that we would not be the people we are today without our ancestors, while also illustrating the importance of setting the next generation up to lead our people.” — Josias, senior co-ed director
The original mele were inspired by the theme for the centennial celebration of Song Contest: I Mau Ke Aloha ʻĀina.
Over the past hundred years, Kamehameha students have sung the mele of their kūpuna. Those mele are the pages of our history, kept alive at the tip of the tongue. On this, the 100th year of Song Contest, we recognize that we are kūpuna for the century to come. Students worked in the traditional practice of haku mele to create new compositions commemorating important stories of our lāhui today.
These stories are the kīpuka, the oases, of aloha ‘āina that continue to grow across our pae ‘āina. These mele, composed and performed by students at Song Contest 2020, capture and commemorate these kīpuka aloha ‘āina, helping to define who we are for the next 100 years.
In 2021 we will continue to celebrate aloha ʻāina with the 101st Song Contest, honoring the next 100 years of resiliency, transformation and innovation for our lāhui. The remaining seven mele aloha ʻāina created for this special milestone celebration will be presented for the first time in next year’s event.