Mâlama `Ia Me `Oe - Music by Oscar Strauss

Mâlama `ia me `oe
Ke aloha e lei a`i

Hîpu`u `ia me `oe
Ke ko`i`i koi a loko

Kâhiko `ia me `oe
Ka `i`ini a ka pu`uwai

Pâpahi pa`a me `oe
Ka wehi a mau loa

Cared for with you, is
The love that is as a neck lei

Fastened to you is
The desire insistent within

Adorned with you is
The heart’s desire

An honor lasting with you
An ornament forever

Source: Charles K.L Davis Album - Henri Berger was the Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster under King Kalâkaua in 1872. He kept abreast of music from his home in Austria and when the Strauss operetta “Gypsy Baron was produced in Vienna, 1885, Berger arranged the music for the Royal Hawaiian Band. The Hawaiian lyrics were added soon after. Translator unknown