me ke Kanaka Waiwai
Jesus with the Rich
More commonly known as:
K. and Pua Almeida
- Ma ke alahele `o Iesû
On the road, Jesus
hâlâwai aku ai
- Me ke kanaka `ôpio hanohano
With the dignified
- Kaulana i ka waiwai
Famous for (his)
- Pane mai e ka `ôpio:
The youth asked:
- "E ku`u Haku maika`i
"My good Lord
- He aha ho`i ka`u e hana aku
What must I do
- I loa'a e ke ola mau?"
To be given eternal
"`E hâ`awi, e hâ`awi
I kou mau waiwai
"Give, give away
Huli a hahai mai ia`u
Turn and follow me
I loa`a e ke ola mau iâ `oe"
To obtain eternal
life for you
- Minamina e ka `ôpio
The youth was
- I kona mau waiwai
Of (losing) his
- I ke ku`ai a hâ`awi lilo
Of selling and
giving it all away
- I ka po`e nele a hune
To the needy and
- Huli a`e `o Iesû lâ
- Pane aku i ka `ôpio:
Replied to the
- "`A`ole a`e hiki ke
Unable to rise,
the young rich man,
- I ke Aupuni o ka Lani"
To the Kingdom of
for the Biblical text that is referred to in the song:
Matthew 19:16 - 24.
Winner of the 2000 Nâ
Hôkû Hanohano Award (Hawaiian Grammy) for Religious Album of the Year, this
lovely religious album features slack key master George Kahumoku on
vocals and 12 string guitar, joined by Daniel Ho on `ukulele and nylon
for a clip by George
Kahumoku and Daniel
Ho, courtesy of The Honolulu Advertiser.
for another clip, courtesy of Olomana.
Research by Keola Donaghy
From the CD liner
notes of George Kahumoku's and Daniel Ho's, HAWAIIAN HYMNS:
"This song refers to
the Biblical verse where
Jesus says it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle, than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of
The background of this piece is
quite mysterious. Apparently, it originates from the tiny island
of Ni`ihau, where only native Hawaiians may travel.
George's Aunty Sarah Pule recalls
singing it in Kohala many years ago, but with different words
from the current version. She believes that the song has been
around since the 1800's.
The grandfather of renowned
Hawaiian entertainer Moe
Keale may be the original composer.
One version of this hymn was
written by John Almeida for the Mormon Church in 1915. He
changed it for the church because it was felt to be too much
like a hula song.
In the early seventies, the group
Kamae and the Sons
of Hawai`i, with Moe Keale singing the vocals, popularized
|[kah nah' kah]
|Human being, man, person, individual,
party, mankind, population; subject, as of a chief; laborer, servant,
helper; attendant or retainer in a family (usually a term of affection
maoli refers to the indigenous Hawaiian.
Photo by: Lilian
Water was considered most valuable to Hawaiians, even sacred. The Hawaiian word
waiwai for prosperity or riches reflects this appreciation. More
|[vai vai'] or [wai wai']
Either is correct.
water, liquid or liquor of any kind other than sea water (kai)
goods, property, assets, valuables, value, worth, wealth, riches,
prosperity, importance, benefit, estate, use; useful, valuable, rich, costly,
|[ee yeh SOO']
(making non-Hawaiian words to sound Hawaiian by using Hawaiian
syllables) of the word Jesus. Probably from the Hebrew word for
The transliteration for Christ is Kristo, one of
the few transliterated words with two consonants together.
"... the missionaries made do. They
devised an alphabet, settling on 12 Roman letters for Hawaiian words,
plus a few more letters for foreign words. When a Hawaiian synonym
didn't exist, they just transliterated: "Christ" begat Kristo,
"David" begat Kâwika, "school" begat kula."
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Source of translations: Pukui,
Mary Kawena & Elbert, Samuel, HAWAIIAN DICTIONARY, 1986.
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