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Thread #39684   Message #567984
Posted By: Haruo
09-Oct-01 - 12:59 AM
Thread Name: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
The classic Hawaiian Christmas carol is Nu Oli. The Cyber Hymnal gives three verses in Hawaiian but only one in English. Anybody know the rest of the English ones? (It's supposedly a Fanny Crosby text with a Robert Lowry tune, so you'd think it'd be extant somewhere, in toto, in English.) Laiana, who did the translation, is the great name in classical Hawaiian hymnody. (Another good Christmas song is the version of "The Friendly Beasts" in the Hawaiian Congregational Hymnal (Na Himeni Haipule Hawai'i, 1972).

My online hymnal has two Hawaiian texts, Aloha au kou aupuni (a recent Hawaiian translation of Timothy Dwight's "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord", which may well have been the first hymn sung in English by a Hawaiian), and O kou aloha no by Liliuokalani (she wrote both text and tune). The latter is also in The Cyber Hymnal.