Fading Waikīkī


Oh beautiful Waikīkī

Very inviting you are, brimming with tourists

Because of the glorious Leahi mountain rising over

And Kaimuki, a neighbor always by your side


The graceful ocean

Small yet pounding waves

Now possess the power of He’e Nalu

Which was once known for fish ponds


Waikīkī, a plants’ sanctuary to our past generations

The red and green Kī leaves sway

With the tumbling Wai’oma’o winds of Palolo

Greeting the Kūkalahale rain of Honolulu


How calming your beauty is

Awoken are the protectors of this land

For this beauty is being taken away

A hui hou e Waikīkī, Farewell.

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