Ka Momi - by King David Kalâkaua


Ua ka`ahele au maluna o ka `ili honua me na moana
A `Inia mamao me Kina kaulana
Ho`ea i na `ae kai o Aferika
A me na palena o Europa
A halawai me ka ikaika o na `aina a pau
A ia'u i ku ai ma na 'ao'ao o na po'o aupuni
Ka po'e mana maluna o lakou me ka hiehie
Ho'omapopo iho la au i ka 'uka iki a nawaliwali o ko'u
Me ko'u noho ali'i ho'okahua 'ia
Maluna o kahi pu'u pele
A ma kahi he miliona i ho'oko i ka keia mau mo'i
He mau tausani wale no malalo o ko'u malu
Aka ke 'upu nei loko na'u ke kaena hiki
Aia he mau nani
Maloko o na po'ai o ko'u mau 'ae kai
I 'oi aku ka makamae i ka o'u
Mau hoa ali'i
'A'ohe o'u kumu hopo maloko o ko'u aupuni
He hiki ke hui me ko'u lahui me ka weli 'ole
'A'ohe maka'u no'u iho me ke kia'i pa'a ole ia
A na'u ke kaena he momi i ho'ouna
'Ia mai luna mai na'u
Eia me a'u ke aloha pili pa'a o ko'u lahui kanaka
I have traveled over many lands and distant seas
To India afar and China renowned
I have touched the shores of Africa
And boundaries of Europe
And have met the great ones of all lands
As I stood at the side of heads of governments
Next to leaders proud of their rule,
Witnessing their authority over their own
I realized how small and weak is the power I hold
My throne is established on a heap of lava
They rule where millions obey their commands
Only a few thousands can I count under my care
One thought came to me of which I may boast
Of all beauties
Locked within these shores
One is a jewel more precious than any owned by
My fellow monarchs
I have nothing in my Kingdom to dread
I mingle with my people without fear
And in safety, I require no bodyguards
My gift is a pearl of great price given
To me from above
The loyalty of my people


Source: The Echo of Our Song, translated & edited by Mary Puku'i - This chant was composed by the King when he returned from his world tour, November of 1881. He left Honolulu on the ship, City of Sydney, January 20, 1881, stopped in Japan where he was the guest of Emperor Mutsuhito for two weeks and visited Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagasaki. He saw the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Tientsin and Hong Kong before continuing on to Siam, Malaysia and Burma. In India, he travelled by train to Calcutta and Bombay then boarded a steamer and went to Egypt and was received with great hospitality by Tewfik, the Egyptian Khedive or Viceroy who instinctively sympathized with his problems. He visited Alexandria, the Suez and after four months in the Orient, headed for Europe via Naples where he met with King Humberto of Italy and was granted an audience with Pope Leo XIII, in the Vatican. He arrived in London the first week of July and was lavishly entertained by Queen Victoria and prominent members of the nobility, government and the church. He visited Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal, met with Prince William, later Kaiser William II, in Berlin, Germany, and Archduke Albrecht in Austria. He stopped in New York City before going on to Washington, D.C., where he was was greeted by President Chester Arthur. He left San Francisco October 22, on the steamer Australia and arrived home in Honolulu on October 29, 1881

Emperor Mitsuhito


Tewfik, Viceroy of Egypt


King Humberto of Italy
Pope Leo XIII