O Hawaii, o sands of my birth
My native home
I rejoice in the blessings of heaven
O Hawaii, aloha

Happy youth of Hawaii
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Gentle breezes blow
Love always for Hawaii

May your divine throngs speak
Your loving people, o Hawaii
The holy light from above
O Hawaii, aloha

God protects you
Your beloved ridges
Your ever glistening streams
Your beautiful gardens

In kanikapila fashion, Hawaii’s top music artists and over 1,000 youth from ten local charter schools got together to sing a sacred song of the Hawaiian people—both Native Hawaiian and non-ethnic-Hawaiian residents—by Congregationalist missionary, Rev. Lorenzo Lyons.

The song Hawaii Aloha is heard in Hawaii in both formal and informal settings. It is sung at the inauguration of governors and mayors, opening of the state legislature and county councils, at other public ceremonies, and at private family events. I personally listen to it regularly in reflection of my own Hawaii roots.

A project of the Hawaiian non-profit organization Mana Maoli, Playing For Change, and 4 Miles, this music video pays tribute to the sentiments of the kanaka maoli, in particular, in connection to the prayerful words of the song.