Mele

O`ahu A

“O`ahu a” was written by Wilhelm Gartner, Punahou Class of 1902, and was originally known as “Punahou Mau a Mau.” The original four verses are included in a publication, “The Buff and the Blue.” Sung to the tune of “Maryland, My Maryland,” the song has become the alma mater of Punahou School.

In the original version, Gartner wrote, “For sixty years, we’ve shown our light.” At Punahou’s Centennial, that was changed to “one hundred years,” and eventually the words became “throughout the years.” And throughout the years, Punahou’s school song is sung with spirit and gusto! Punahou, mau a mau! Punahou, forever and ever!

Singers: 

Griffin Kanoa Bolan ’12
Tayler Anne Leiataua Higgins ’13
Hollianne Kahekeonāpuamakahikina Martinson ’13
Claire ʻIwalani’ Michel ’13

This video was a project of the Kuaihelani Cross-School Connections fellowship.


Hoonani i Ka Makua Mau

After their arrival in Hawai‘i, many missionaries became proficient in the Hawaiian language and eventually wrote Hawaiian lyrics for Christian hymns.

Rev. Hiram Bingham wrote the Hawaiian lyrics to "Ho‘onani I Ka Makua Mau" which is based on the hymn, "Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow." This Hawaiian doxology is sung in Chapel from grades 2 – 12 and its beauty lies in the simplicity of the mele and the truth of its words, both in Hawaiian and English.

Rev. and Mrs. Hiram Bingham, members of the first group of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, were given the lands of Ka Punahou by Governor Boki and his wife, Liliha. In May 1841, members of the Sandwich Islands Mission founded a school for their children at Punahou on land that the Binghams had given their fellow missionaries.

"Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow" was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, an English cleric and the melody is attributed to French composer, Louis Bourgeois.

SINGERS:

Griffin Kanoa Bolan ’12
Tayler Anne Leiataua Higgins ’13
Hollianne Kahekeonāpuamakahikina Martinson ’13
Claire ʻIwalani Michel ’13

This video was a project of the Kuaihelani Cross-School Connections fellowship.