Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman's Notes


Slow down, dear listeners, and savor moments of simply . . . being.


Suitable for lulling children into sweet dreams, these new Hawaiian-language songs also speak to adult yearnings for refuge from the tides of chaos and the whirlwinds of everyday life. Experience one facet of kaona--of multiple meanings at play.


In traditional lullabies, uncomplicated perspectives envelope listeners, and gently nurture our souls. To convey these expressions of comfort and refuge, the musical settings of the songs here are exactly the opposite of uncomplicated.


The songwriting team of Daniel Ho and Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman began with new treatments of traditional lullabies, then reached out to renowned masterpieces of classical music such as Beethoven's “Pathetique Sonata,” Brahms' “Alto Rhapsody,” and Satie's “Gymnopedie.” The complexity in the resulting arrangements adds layers of counterpoint to the direct simplicity of the expressions in the texts.


Tia Carrere's sophisticated interpretations combine all of the nuances of tone and breath into an elegant palette of emotion. As their sounds wash over you, these songs invite you to sit back, close your eyes, and let them carry you away from your worries and cares.


Huana ke aloha-aloha overflows abundantly.



Lyrics


1. Hiamoe Maika'i

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Johannes Brahms, “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht,” Op. 49, No. 4 (1868) [ popularly known as “Brahms Lullaby”]


E nanea, e walea

E luana mai nei

I ka mahinahina

I ka hola 'aumoe


Ku'u pua, ku'u lei

Hiamoe maika'i

Ku'u pua, ku'u lei

Hiamoe maika'i


Relax, relax

Relax, my sweet

In the bright shining moonlight

At the hour of sleep


My flower, my lei

Sleep well, 'ei nei

My flower, my lei

Sleep well, my sweet

 
  1. 1.Hiamoe Maika'i

  2. 2.Huli Ho'i Mai

  3. 3.Huana Ke Aloha

  4. 4.E Ku'u Pepe

  5. 5.He Kama Makamae

  6. 6.Kia'i Mai

  7. 7.Hamau Leo

  8. 8.He Aloha Makamae

  9. 9.Pua i Ka Ua

  10. 10. Pomaika'i Ka Po'e Akahai

  11. 11. Piano Moemoe

tune source: "Brahms' Lullaby"

tune source: Beethoven, "Pathetique Sonata"

tune source: Puccini, "O Mio Babbino Caro"

tune source: "Rock-a-bye Baby"

tune source: "Greensleeves"

tune source: Satie, "Gymnopedie No. 3"

tune source: "Hush, Little Baby"

tune source: Schumann, "Album for the Young," No. 3

original composition

tune source: Brahms, "Alto Rhapsody"

tune source: Satie, "Gymnopedie No. 1"

Song List

 

Translation:

Remember, do not forget

On your path

Turn, return


Glance back at the parents

In your view

Turn, return


Nurture for the soul

As you till

Turn, return


Holy Spirit watch over you

In your wandering

Turn, return


I call out, answer

To life

Turn, return

Translation:

You are mine, oh royal one

Great is your beauty

As you lay peacefully

Asleep, dreaming


Great is my desire

To see for myself

As you are drifting tranquilly

Return to me here


As you are drifting tranquilly

Return to me here


Love is overflowing

Love is overflowing

Translation:

My baby, rocking gently

I see your beauty

I hear your sweet voice

I care for your aloha


My baby, rocking gently

The world is peaceful

The breeze is gentle

You are blessed, my baby

Translation:

You are the child cherished

By the parents

Truly a favorite

Who ensures happiness


A treasured child

A child from the heavens

A treasured child

Truly a heavenly child


The leaves multiply, the liko buds appear

And bloom in the forest

Wealth will increase

When the garden is well cultivated

Translation:

The Lord bless you

And keep you

The Lord protect you


The Lord bless you, heavenly child

And keep you

The Lord protect you

Translation:

Cherished one, hush

Look out at the calm ocean


When the tide comes in

Look up at the trees


As the wind blows gently

Listen to the gentle rustling sounds


Soft rustling of leaves

Let the thoughts drift off into dreams


Cradled by the mother

Sleep restfully


Hundreds of stars in the heavens

The world is at peace

Translation:

A precious love

For the heavenly child

A precious love

For the child who is a lei


Cherished lei

Beautiful lei, without equal

Indulged with love

For the child who is a lei

Translation:

A flower, a flower, a flower has bloomed

A flower, a flower, a beautiful flower


Two, two, two flowers

Two, two, two flowers


We two, we two gather the flowers

We two, we two gather


Rain, rain, the rain is falling

Rain, rain, falling


Told, told is this story

Two of us beautiful flowers

Huana Ke Aloha

Tia Carrere


  1. audio demo

  2. hi res album art


GRAMMY® Award-winner Tia Carrere’s

soothing vocals set to classical piano

arrangements by Daniel Ho.  Original

Hawaiian lyrics by Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman.



2. Huli Ho'i Mai

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Adagio from Sonata Pathetique

by Ludwig van Beethoven


Ho'omana'o, e poina 'ole no

I kou alahele

Huli ho'o mai


Nana mai i na makua

I ko 'ikena

Huli ho'i mai


Mea 'ai no ka na'au

I ko kanu 'ana

Huli ho'i mai


'Uhane hemolele e kia'i ia 'oe

I ko 'auana

Huli ho'i mai


Hea aku, e o mai 'oe

I ke ola

Huli ho'i mai

 


10. Pomaika'i ka po'e akahai

Lyrics: The Gospel according to Matthew 5:5 set by Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: the third section of Rhapsody for Alto, Men's Choir and Orchestra Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms


Pomaika'i mai ka po'e akahai, no ka mea, e lilo ka honua ia lakou.


Translation:

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.




11. Piano Moemoe

Tune Source: Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie





Credits



    Tia Carrere - vocals

    Daniel Ho - piano, bass, recording, mixing, mastering, graphic design

    Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman - original Hawaiian lyrics

    Simon Wakelin - photography


Produced by Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman and Daniel Ho.
Record Label: Daniel Ho Creations
Release Date: August, 2010
Catalog number: DHC 80084
UPC: 644718008424


 


3. Huana Ke Aloha

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: “O mio babbino caro” by Giaccomo Puccini (1918)


Na'u 'oe e ke ali'i

He nui kou nani

E hi'olani mai

I ka moemoea


He nui ka'u 'i'ini

E 'ike maka e

'Oiai e lana hele

Ho'o mai i o'u nei


'Oiai lana hele

E huli ho'i mai


Huana ke aloha

Huana ke aloha

 


4. E Ku'u Pepe

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Rock-a-bye Baby (traditional)


E ku'u pepe, noho paipai

E 'ike maka i ko nani

E lohe mai i ko leo hone

E malama mai i ko aloha


E ku'u pepe, noho paipai

E maluhia i ke ao

E kolonahe i ka makani

E pomaika'i e ku'u pepe

 


5. He Kama Makamae

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Greensleeves (traditional)


'O 'oe ke kama i hi'ipoi 'ia

E na makua aloha

He kama punahele 'i'o

i malama mau ka hau'oli


He kama makamae

He kamalei mai ka lani mai

He kama makamae

He kamalani no

E lau na lala, e mu'o na liko

I mohala i ka ulula'au

E ho'oulu i ka waiwai

I k_hapai i na mala pua

 


6. Kia'i Mai

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Gymnopedie #3 by Erik Satie


Na Iehova 'oe e ho'omaika'i mai

A e malama mai nei

Na ke Akua e kia'i mai


Na Iehova 'oe e ho'omaika'i mai e ke kamalani

A e malama mai nei

Na ke Akua e kia'i mai

 


7. Hamau Leo

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: Hush, Little Baby (traditional)


E hi'i lei, hamau leo

Maka'ika'i i ke kai malino


I ka pi'i 'ana i ke kai

Nana aku i ke kumu la'au


I kea he lau makani

Ho'olohe i ke kani hoene


Hoene nahenahe o ka lau

Lana ka mana'o i ka moemoea


Ho'onana e ka hulilau

Kau i ka nana la ka moe


Lau a lau na hok_ o ka lani

E maluhia ko kea o

 


8. He Aloha Makamae

Original Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

New Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho

Tune Source: “Humming Song,” from Album for the Young,

Op. 68 No. 3 by Robert Schumann


He aloha makamae

No ke kamalei nei

He aloha makamae

No ke kamalei


Lei ho'oheno nei

Lei nani, laha 'ole

Ho'onu'a ke aloha

No ke kamalei

 


9. Pua i Ka Ua

Lyrics: Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman

Music & Arrangement: Daniel Ho


He pua, he pua, he pua i mohala

He pua, he pua, he pua nani e


'Elua, 'elua, 'elua mau pua

'Elua, 'elua, 'elua pua e


Kaua, kaua, e 'ohi in a pua

Kaua, kaua, e 'ohi mai e


He ua, he ua, e iho mai ka ua

He ua, he ua, e iho mai e


Puana, puana keia mo'olelo

'Elua kaua, mau pua nani e

 

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