Po La`i E (HAWAIIAN)
TAKEN FROM: Na Mele O Hawai`i Nei." (1970, University of Hawai`i Press)
TRANSLATED BY: Noelani Kanoho Mahoe and Samuel H. Elbert
 

 

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Maluhia, malamalama 
Ka makuahine aloha e 
Me ke keiki hemolele e 
Moe me ka maluhia lani 
Moe me ka maluhia lani 

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Oni na kahu hipa e 
I ko ka lani nani no 
Mele na `anela haleluia. 
Hanau `ia Kristo ka haku. 
Hanau `ia Kristo ka haku. 

Po la`i e, po kamaha`o, 
Keiki hiwahiwa aloha e, 
Ka lama la`i mai luna mai 
Me ka lokomaika`i makamae. 
Iesu i kou hanau `ana. 
Iesu i kou hanau `ana.

Peaceful night, wonderful night, 
Peace, light 
The beloved mother 
With the holy child 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 
Sleep in heavenly peace. 

Peaceful night, wonderful night, 
The shepherds come 
With the heaven's beauty 
The angels sing hallelujah. 
Christ the Lord is born. 
Christ the Lord is born. 

Peaceful night, wonderful night, 
Beloved sacred child, 
Light of peace from above 
With goodwill and purity. 
Jesus for your birth. 
Jesus for your birth. 


Po Hamau, Po Hemolele 
Translated by C. Keith Haugen from German

Po hamau, po hemolele 
Malie na mea a pau a ke`alohi 
E puni Laua `ano Akua 
Keiki Hemolele me lauoho pi`ipi`i 
Moe me ka maluhia lani 
Moe me ka malunia lani 

Po hamau, po hemolele 
Keiki a ke Akua, ka hulili aloha 
Kukuna `olinolino mai Kou hemolele 
Me ke alaula a ke aloha 
Iesu, ka haku ma ka hanau `ia 
Iesu, ka haku ma ka hanau `ia 

Po hamau, po hemolele 
Lawe mai `ia ka lama lokomaika`i 
Mai ka lani kua ka`a mai 
Hiki mai ka nanaina hanohano 
Iesu, he kanaka no ho`i 
Iesu, he kanaka no ho`i 

Po hamau, po hemolele 
Me kona aloha, me kona ikaika 
Ua aloha ka Makua ia makou 
E like me kekahi kua`ana 
Iesu, na lahui i ka honua 
Iesu, na lahui i ka honua 

Po hamau, po hemolele 
I ka wa ma mua, hanai ke Akua 
Noa ke Akua i ko ke ao pilikia 
Nana kupuna i kauoha i kela manawa 
Ola `ia ke ao wale no 
Ola `ia ke ao wale no 

Po hamau, po hemolele 
Nana na kahuhipa i ka `ike kamaha`o 
Na `anela i mele ai i ka haleluia 
Kahea akaaka ma na wahi a pau 
Hanau `ia `o Kristo ka haku 
Hanau `ia `o Kristo ka haku

Na Keith Haugen i unuhi i keia mele mai na hua`oleo kumu, `o ia ho`i, ke mele i kapa `ia `o "Stille Nacht, Heil'ge Nacht" i haku i ka `olelo Kelemania. Haku `ia kela mela mua e Kahu Joseph Mohr i ka MH 1916. Na Kahu Franz Gruber i ho`onui ai i ka leo kaulana i ka MH 1818. Na John Freeman Young i unuhi ia i ka `olelo Pelekane i ka wa ma mua. Nui na unuhi mai kela mele Pelekane i na `olelo haole like `ole. Aka, `akahi no makou a `ike i kekahi mele Hawai`i i unuhi mai ka `olelo mua. 


Submitted by: Karin Hikichi, Keith Haugen, Florence Goodness and Ken Kiura


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