download the pdf file of the
sheet music, you can RIGHT click
on the words above and then
"Save Target As" to your desktop.
with love to the spirit of the
Sweet Adelines International Convention
Hawaii, November 2008
It is truly a pleasure for Pride of Portland to present our beloved
organization with the gift of
Aloha`Oe, arranged by one of our members, Kay MacDierney.
As those of you who have travelled to Hawaii know, the people, energy,
and spirit of the islands is unlike any other on earth. Paired with
the love, joy, and harmony that we Sweet Adelines embody, our upcoming
International convention should prove to be a magical event - not
only for those of us fortunate to be competitors, but for all who
will take part.
All of the tools you need to learn the song are on this website
www.alohaoearrangement.com which we created for this purpose:
including learning tracks, pronunciation guide, and sheet music.
We hope you will enjoy learning Aloha`Oe and find time during our
week together in Hawaii to say hello to us and other sisters in
song and sing through this wonderful work.
Wishing you many fond embraces until we meet..
Ryan Heller and POP
Web Note: Pride of
Portland took 9th Place at the 2008 Sweet Adeline
International Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii
Words, music and translation by Queen Lili`uokalani
ka ua i nâ pali
Ke nihi a`ela i ka nahele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko
Pua `âhihi lehua o uka
swept the rain by the cliffs
As it glided through the trees
Still following ever the bud
The `ahihi lehua of the vale
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again
Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
'Ere I depart
Until we meet again
ka hali`a aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone a`e nei i
`O `oe nô ka`u ipo aloha
A loko e hana nei
memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances
Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart
ku`u `ike i ka nani
Nâ pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hia`ia nâ manu
Miki`ala i ka nani o ka lipo
have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And 'tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips
These learning tracks were prepared and recorded by Carol Swanson.
should be 'oh-eh,
NOT oy like in oy vay
(as you could hear on the tracks).
To download any
of the tracks below,
right click on one and then select "Save Target As"
four parts together*
Update: Bari tracks, ms 38, now have the beautiful baritone swipe
up to F#.
In 1981, when I first stepped off the plane in Hawai`i,
I felt like I had come "home." When I joined my first
Sweet Adeline Chorus, Na Leo Lani, I felt that I had found my voice.
As my love for both blossomed during my time there, I began learning
to arrange in the barbershop style and was naturally drawn to Hawaiian
music. Even as I moved to Portland and joined Pride of Portland
Chorus, my soul seemed inextricably woven with threads of Hawai`i
and Sweet Adelines. In the more than 25 years since I first experienced
Hawai`i and barbershop, my emotions for both have only intensified
and it is with these feelings that this arrangement was lovingly
written in honor of the 2008 Sweet Adeline Convention being held
in Honolulu. I am truly coming home.
bronze statue of Hawai`i's Queen Lili`uokalani
by Marianna Pineda, 1980, located on the south
side of the Hawai`i State Capitol,
photographed September 9,2004
by Eric Guinther
and released to Wikipedia.
Lili`uokalani became queen after the death of her beloved brother,
King David Kalakaua, January 19, 1891. She was to be the last Monarch
of Hawai`i. In 1893 Queen Lili`uokalani was
forced to give up her monarchy when the United States overthrew
her government and Hawaii
was annexed under the direction of President Grover Cleveland. Queen
Lili`uokalani was an accomplished musician and song writer, composing
over 165 mele’s (songs), even composing a few mele’s
she was imprisoned by the U. S. as a result of the annexation. Her
most famous and popular mele
is Aloha`Oe. Queen Lili`uokalani wrote Aloha`Oe several years before
her overthrow. The song
was originally written as a romantic farewell song between two lovers,
but after the overthrow
and upon her death, it came to represent so much more.
Aloha`Oe became the most sung song of Hawai`i: it is sung at the
conclusion of all Hawaiian
funerals, special occasions, reunions, and weddings.
Aloha`Oe holds very special meanings for the Hawaiian people and
those who embrace
Hawai`i nei (this Hawai'i).
There is a manuscript of "Aloha`Oe" in Queen Lili`uokalani's
handwriting in the Bishop Museum.