He Lei no Emalani: Chants for Queen Emma Kaleleonalani

Compiled, edited, and translated in part by M. Puakea Nogelmeier
ISBN: 1-58178-009-5
Price: $40.00
Date of Publication: 2001
Size: 10.5 x 8
Pages: 372
Binding: cloth


HE LEI NO 'EMALANI contains 204 mele composed by nearly as many different poets. They run from as few as six lines in length to more than four hundred lines. The chants span a period of some thirty years, documenting through poetry much of Queen Emma's adult life. The earliest begin after her wedding in 1856 to Alexander Liholiho, King Kamehameha IV, and many of the chants simply honor the beauty and character of the woman said to be equaled only by Queen Victoria of England. Numerous other compositions were inspired by her adventurous journeys throughout the Hawaiian Islands or her later political aspirations for the throne. Yet other chants express the queen's sorrows and those of her people: the death in 1862 of her only son, Prince Albert; the loss of her husband, the king, the following year; and eventually her own death in 1885. Every chant has the complete Hawaiian text, presented in modern orthography, an English translation of the poetry, and footnotes. Also available in softcover.

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