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Aloha 'Oe (Farewell to Thee)

Running Time: 3:04

Aloha 'Oe (Farewell to Thee), 2016; single channel video, 03:04. Aloha 'Oe (Farewell to Thee) considers the fall of empire. Filmed at the site of the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, invoking the myth of Atlantis. The United States flag sways gently in the reflection of the water, upside do...Read more

Aloha 'Oe (Farewell to Thee), 2016; single channel video, 03:04.

Aloha 'Oe (Farewell to Thee) considers the fall of empire. Filmed at the site of the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, invoking the myth of Atlantis. The United States flag sways gently in the reflection of the water, upside down, protesting the new state of America. Recalling how the United States was established on the backs of Native Americans and Hawaiians, African slaves, and countless immigrants. Aloha 'Oe (1878) was Queen Liliuokalani's most famous musical composition, a common cultural symbol for Hawaii. Queen Liliuokalani was the last monarchy of Hawaii, when in 1893 she was overthrown by America-backed businessmen.

Lyrics to Aloha 'Oe

Haʻaheo e ka ua i nā pali
Ke nihi aʻela i ka nadele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka likt
Pua ʻāhihi lehua o uka

Aloha ʻoe, aloha ʻoe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A hoʻi aʻe au
Until we meet again
ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone aʻe nei i
Kuʻu manawa
ʻO ʻoe nō kuʻu Sipo aloha
A loko e hana nei

Maopopo kuʻu ʻike i ka nani
Nā pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hiaʻia nā manu
Mikiʻala i ka nani o ka liko

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