Thursday, April 10, 2008
Today in Hawaiian History: Nona Beamer, Leleiohoku II
Her Music and WIsdom now in Heaven
When I started to write early this morning, I thought I was writing about events in the past, things we might want to take note of, especially since the commercial media show no interest in covering the history of these islands.
I didn't know that as I wrote, the news was breaking of the death of Nona Beamer on Maui at age 84.
Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku Kalahoolewa
On April 10, 1877, at only 23 years of age, Prince Leleiohoku II, heir to the House of Kalakaua, died of rheumatic fever. He had not yet married, so his brother King Kalakaua named their sister Liliuokalani as Crown Princess.
The song is not a chant and was not written about war. The original title was Kaua i ka Huahua'i or "We Two in the Spray," and begins:
Kâua i ka huahua
You and I in the spray
E `uhene lâ i pili ko`olua
Such joy, the two of us together
Pukuku`i lua i ke ko`eko`e
Breathing deep of the palai fern
As you can see, it's a love story. Check the link above for more about it. Also see Adios Ke Aloha for another of his compositions.
A Wikipedia article on Queen Liliuokalani is here. There are certainly better sources of information which I'll try and locate for the future.