Auhea oe e Kaneholo e

O OE O KANEHOLO E

Na Kalei Nu’uhiwa

Pompeii, 15 Okakopa 2009

O oe o Kaneholo

O Kamakoanokalani

O Kamakawiwoole

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

Ke huli aku nei au ia oe e Kaneholo e.

Hoouna ia oe e ka lani Kalakaua

I Italia oe e noho a kupa

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

Ma ka poli o Napoli oe i noho ai

Ma ke kula koa o Nunziatella

He cadet i aloha ia e Luigi Cardona

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

Holo akula ka mai  ma Italia

Hala akula oe i Napoli

Ma kahi malu i ike ole

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

Eia makou ekolu ma Nunziatella

Ua kukala ka leo a noi haahaa e komo ma loko

A ae maila e holo i na holowe

E hoopa i na paia au i hoopa ai

E honi i ke ala o nei hale kahiko

E lohe in a kani o na kamaa cadet

E Kanehole e, auhea oe?

Ua ike makou i na palapala

Ua ike makou i na aoao lenalena

O makou ekolu kou ahaialono

I poina ole i kou moolelo

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

Translation as requested…..

You are Kaneholo

Warrior-child-of-the-chief

Fearless

Kaneholo, where are you?

I am searching for you oh Kaneholo

You were sent by Kalakaua

To Italy where you lived and became accustomed

Kaneholo, where are you?

In the bosom of Napoli you once resided

At the military school Nunziatella

A cadet loved by his teacher Luigi Cardona

Kaneholo, where are you?

Cholera spread through Italy

You died in Napoli

Buried somewhere unknown to us

Kaneholo, where are you?

Here we three stand at Nunziatella

Heralding a humble voice to enter

Our passage granted to trod in the hallways

To touch the walls that you touched

To smell the smells of this old home

To hear the sounds of the treading cadet shoes

Kaneholo, where are you?

We have seen the documents

We have seen the yellowed pages

We three will be your messengers

So that your story is not forgotten

E Kaneholo e, auhea oe?

(c) 2009 Kalei Tsuha


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  1. Translation for the language impaired, please. I don’t want to miss any of your thoughts and observations. I look forward to each entry from each of you daily. Mahalo for letting me live this experience through you. Mom/Tutu/Aunty/Carleen

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