Israel Kamakawiwoʻole - Panini Pua Kea / White flowered cactus

” ‘Auhea iho nei o Lei aloha
Ku’u hoa i ka nani a’o nā pua

Eia mai au ‘o suipa lilo
Ka ipo i ke aka pua aniani

He aniani wale ‘o hali’a loko
Nowelo mao ‘ole i ka pu’uwai

Nā wai nō ‘oe e a pakele aku
I ka wai o ka pānini pua kea

Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana
Ku’u ipo i ka nani a’o nā pua.”

English translation.

“Where has Leialoha gone?
My companion amid the beautiful flowers

Here am I, “Sweep-all-to-myself”
Your sweetheart in the shadow of fair flowers

Well known is my heart’s turmoil
As love stirs ceaselessly in my heart

How can you escape its influence
After tasting the honey of the white flowered cactus

This is the end of my song
Of my sweetheart among the beautiful flowers.”

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole - Panini Pua Kea / White flowered cactus (3:06)
Album: Facing Future (1993)

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