Kaunaoa, The Lei of Lanai

Kaunaoa Lei
(Cuscuta sandwichiana)

Noted as a lei for the people of the windward shores of Lanai; and commemorated in a mele inoa (name chant) for the chief Haalelea, once owner of the ahupuaa of Palawai.

Lanai-Kaunaoa

Hanohano Lanai i ke Kaunaoa

Hanohano Lanai i ke kaunaoa,
Kohu kapa ahuula kau poohiwi,
E ola Lanai ia Kaululaau.
Hea aku makou, e o mai oe.

Lanai is distinguished by the kaunaoa,
Which is like a feather cloak set upon
  its shoulders,
May there be life upon Lanai of
the chief Kaululaau.
We call to you, that you may answer us.  

Click to hear oli, with Iiwi in background.
Hanohano Lanai i ke Kaunaoa (chanted by Kepa Maly)

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