Ku‘uleihaukeaokapiliaumoe

81H2KauK2QL._SL1500_On Dec. 1, 1996, in the middle of the night and a Minnesota bizzard, my brother-in-law Thomas was driving my sister, famous romance novelist June Donaghy Kramin, to the hospital to deliver their daughter. The baby decided she couldn’t wait, and made her debut on the back seat of their car. As Thomas stood up, holding her, a snowflake landed on her forehead. To commemorate her unusual birth, I gave her the name Ku‘uleihaukeaokapiliaumoe (‘my precious white snow lei of the early morning hours’). Kenneth Makaukāne composed the melody, and I was honored that O’Brian Eselu asked to record it, with Ku‘ulei’s permission, of course. It appeared on his 2009 release, “Aloha ē, Aloha ē, Aloha ē”.

Listen to “Ku‘uleihaukeaokapiliaumoe” in its entirety:

Kuʻuleihaukeaokapiliaumoe My precious white snow lei of the early morning
Ilihia wale au i ka ʻikena I am awestruck at the sight
Ma ka hikina i haku ʻia ai In the east was created
He lei ohaoha na nā mākua A lei of delight of the parents
He maka hō‘eu‘eu ʻālohilohi A bright eyed rascal
Hiaʻai wale aku ka manaʻo That delights the senses
He oho hākea e kuʻuwelu nei With the light colored hair that dangles
He lei kaumaka no nā kūpuna A lei of affection for the grandparents
Hāʻina ʻia mai ka puana lā ʻeā Let the story be told
Hiaʻai wale aku ka manaʻo That delights the sense
No ka maka hō‘eu‘au ʻālohilohi For the bright eyed rascal
Kuʻuleihaukeaokapiliaumoe My precious white snow lei of the early morning

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One thought on “Ku‘uleihaukeaokapiliaumoe

  1. June Kramin

    I’ll never forget hearing it when I was home last. Made it that much more real hearing it on the radio!!! What an awesome gift for her. She still loves telling people her middle name! I’ll have her share this w/ friends!
    Thanks!
    Love you!

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