Kiss Me Love - John K. Almeida


Kiss me love, my darling ku`u ipo
Ku`u lei gardenia onaona

Pili mau kâua e ke aloha
Ku`u lei nani a`o `oe ia

A`o `oe nô ka pua i poni `ia
I kukuni pa`a `ia ka `i`ini

Aia i laila ka `i`ini
Ka`ano`i a nei pu`uwai

Nani wale ke aloha o ka ipo
Nowelo i ka pili `ao`ao

Ha`ina mai ka puana
Ku`u lei aloha `o `oe nô `ia


Kiss me love, my darling sweetheart
My fragrant gardenia wreath

Let us be together forever, my love
My precious, beautiful lei, it is you

You are indeed, the flower that has been designated
And branded firmly by my desire

It is there that my desires are found
Along with the longing of my heart

The love of my sweetheart is truly wonderous
Seeking to be at the other’s side

Let the story be told
My beloved lei, it is truly you


Source: John Kameaaloha Almeida CD and Richard Kauhi CD available from Cord International, PO Box 152, Ventura, CA 93002, - One of the few hapa haole songs written by John K. Almeida, “Dean of Hawaiian Music” Transcription & Translation by Keola Donaghy