From the recording The Song Within The Song - track 7. Ku'u Pua Mae'ole
from: The Song Within The Song
track 7. Ku‘u Pua Mae‘ole 4:13 (Keali‘i Reichel)
Keali‘i Reichel is a kumu hula, singer, and haku mele whose vast collection of songs is a gift to harmony singers everywhere. In this song, “My Never-Fading Flower,” he sings a paean to a beloved “placed in the highest reaches…unsurpassed in the lover’s eyes.” Our arrangement adds a light touch of Brazilian jazz.
Ku‘u Pua Mae‘oleWords and Music by: Keali‘i Reichel E ku‘u pua mae‘ole Kau i ka wēkiu Puia i ke onaona Hoehoene i ka poli Lua ‘ole i ka maka ē Pau ‘ole ke aloha ē Oh, my dear unfading flowerPlaced on the highest reachesPermeated with fragranceSinging softly to my heartYou are unsurpassed in my eyesAnd this love for you is never-ending Nani wale ka ‘ikena Ka wai lana malie Pū‘olo ku‘u waimaka I ka hali‘ali‘a ‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u li‘a ē ‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u lei ē Simply beautiful is the lightOf the calm, still watersTears well up in my eyesFrom the loving memoriesIt is you, my own desireIt is you, my precious lei E ō mai kou inoa E ku‘u pua mae‘ole Kau i ka wēkiu Hoehoene i ka poli Lua ‘ole i ka maka ē Pau ‘ole ke aloha ē ‘O ‘oe, e ku‘u li‘a ē Give answer to your nameOh my everlasting flowerPlaced on the highest reachesSinging softly to my heartYou are unsurpassed in my eyesAnd this love for you is never-endingIt is you, my own desire