Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) - Words & music by Charles King

Eia au ke kali nei
Aia la i hea ku'u aloha

Eia au ke huli nei
A loa`a `oe e ka ipo
Maha ka `i`ini a ka pu`uwai

Ua sila pa`a `ia me `oe
Ko aloha makamae e ipo
Ka`u ia e lei a`e nei la

Nou no ka `i`ini (nou ka `i`ini)
A nou wale no (wale no)
A o ko aloha ka`u e hi`ipoi mau

Na'u `oe (na'u `oe)
E lei (e lei)
Na'u `oe e lei

A he hali`a kai hiki mai
No ku`u lei onaona
Pulupe i ka ua

Auhea `oe ka `i`ini a loko
Na loko a`e ka mana`o
Hu`e lani ana i ku`u kino

Ku`u pua ku`u lei onaona
A`u i kui a lawa ia nei
Me ke ala pua pikake

A o `oe ku`u pua (`O `oe ku`u pua)
Ku`u pua lei lehua (lehua)

A`u e li`a mau nei ho`opa`a
Ia iho k ealoha

He lei (he lei)
`Oe na`u (`oe na`u)
He lei `oe na`u

Here I am waiting
Where is my beloved
I've searched for you
Now that I've found you
Calm the desire of my heart
Sealed forever to you
Sweetheart you are so precious
I pledge my love to you alone
I desire you (desire)
True to you alone (alone)
With you joy will ever be mine
You're mine (you're mine)
Oh, my lei (Oh, lei)
You`re mine, my lei
Fond remembrance of the one who came
My fragrant lei
Drenched in the rain
Listen you, my heart's desire
To the thought within me
Open the heaven within my body
My flower, my fragrant lei
I will string and bind
Like the fragrant jasmine flower
You are my blossom (you, my blossom)
My lei of lehua (lehua)
My desire is always to be with and close
To my love
My lei (my lei)
You're mine
My lei, you're mine


Source: King's Blue Book, Copyright 1926, 1943 by Charles E. King - Commonly referred to as the Hawaiian Wedding Song, King said he wrote the song while convalescing in Queen's hospital in 1926 for his operetta, Prince of Hawaii. Introduced by the Royal Hawaiian Band, this song featured a duet by John Paoakalani Heleluhe and Lizzie Alohikea.