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Mauna Kea: Mele Mauna

Mele used in Mauna Protocol

Lyrics for Mele (Songs) & Oli (Chants) used in mauna protocol are available on the Puʻuhuluhulu website.

Text Resources


Donaghy, J. (2019, Aug 22). Column: Mele for the mauna: It’s time for TMT to face the music. Honolulu Star AdvertiserClick to view article (UH Login required) 

Lyte, B. (2019, Sept 6). How Music Fuels The Mauna Kea ProtestsCivil Beat.
"Original music, along with art and protest iconography, is galvanizing support for the anti-TMT movement in Hawaii and around the globe..."


Mele on the Mauna

Many musicians and celebrities have been visiting the Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu and some have even offered their musical talents while there. Hereʻs a sampling of a few of the music performances that have taken place on the mauna. 

Jack Johnson playing on Maunakea

Common Kings playing on Maunakea. Song finishes at 2:20 and kiaʻi mahalo the artists. 

Jam 4 Maunakea

Jam 4 Maunakea was a worldwide sing-a-along coordinated via social media "to strengthen the message of respect for, and harmony with, the land we all share, we're asking the world to join us in a worldwide jam for Maunakea and all she represents." For more info about the "jam", visit: 

Below are a few examples of edited footage by Mana Mele as well as participants' video submissions:

Kūhaʻo Maunakea

Kūhaʻo Maunakea is a 18 track album that was released on September 30, 2019. The compositions were inspired by aloha ʻāina and the protection of Maunakea. 

Below is the tracklist of the album: 

  1. No Kea ke Kupuna o Luna Nei by Manaiakalani Kalua
  2. Aloha ʻāina ʻOiaʻiʻo by Kainani Kahaunaele
  3. For the Lāhui by Josh Tatofi, Hinaleimoana Wong
  4. Lei Ana Maunakea i ka ʻOhu by nuenue Pūnua
  5. Lōkahi no Mauna Kea by Keawe Lopes
  6. Nā Puʻuwai Haokila by Zachary Alakaʻi Lum
  7. Wehi Lei ʻAʻaliʻi by Manu Boyd
  8. I Puʻuhuluhulu Kō Wehi by Chad Takatsugi
  9. He Lei Wāhine by Kanaiʻa Nakamura
  10. Ka Nani aʻo Maunakea by Lehua Kalima
  11. Eō Kū Kiaʻi Mauna by Kawika Kahiapo
  12. We are a Voice by Kalena DeLima, Kālaʻe Parish, Tiana Kuni Yoshida
  13. Rize by Del Beazley
  14. He Mele Inoa no nā Kiaʻi o Maunakea
  15. Mauna Kea Kū Kilakila by Kaulike Pescaia
  16. E Ola ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi by Ikaika Blackburn
  17. Kulu Wai Maka by Kamalei Kawaʻa
  18. Kū Haʻaheo e Kuʻu Hawaiʻi by Hinaleimoana Wong

Lyrics and translations of each mele are available online and can be accessed here in PDF form. 

Kūhaʻo Maunakea is available for streaming on Spotify and you can listen to the full album here

Excerpt from the statement from the artists regarding the album release of Kūhaʻo Maunakea: 

"Kūhaʻo Maunakea. In one way of understanding this, it means that “Maunakea stands alone.” The mauna is unique, in Hawaiʻi, in the Pacific, in the world. Its beauty and sacredness are incomparable. Yet with a more layered understanding of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, we realize too that Maunakea does not stand alone, has never stood alone. We have always stood with the mauna. Kūhaʻo, in that sense, refers to the mountain’s majesty and its power, not its lack of connection.

In truth, the mauna is all about connection. It is a piko for so many of us, a spiritual tether to our ʻāina, with many ʻohana even placing our piko, ʻiewe, and iwi upon the mountain. The mauna is also a physical piko that affects and connects so much of the natural world around it. We have long celebrated these many aspects of our ancestral mauna in hula, mele, and oli. In the last couple of centuries, however, we have had to haku mele that continue to speak about the beauty of our ʻāina, but also how we must always fight for it. 

In 1895, a small book that could fit in your pocket was published. It included 105 mele aloha ‘āīna, aloha lāhui, aloha mō’ī that were “ʻālana ʻia i ka lāhui Hawaiʻi,” dedicated and offered to the lāhui Hawaiʻi. The book was entitled Buke Mele Lahui, and the mele within had grown out of the many struggles that our lāhui had faced: the Bayonet Constitution, the 1889 rebellion, the death of Kalākaua, the overthrow of the kingdom, and the 1895 counter-revolt.

Kūhaʻo Maunakea is a moʻopuna of Buke Mele Lahui, just as we are moʻopuna of the koa aloha ʻāina who seeded the roots of our resistance/insistence/survivance/thrivance. It too is ʻālana ʻia i ka lāhui Hawaiʻi. With 17 new mele aloha ʻāina, aloha lāhui, Kūhaʻo Maunakea is an echo of our ancestors’ voices in a new generation. Both the mele in Buke Mele Lahui and Kūhaʻo Maunakea speak of the courage it takes to “ʻalo ehuehu,” or stand strong against the storm, the fury, the violence that often comes when we aloha ʻāina. 

Our mele are adding to the repertoire of mele aloha ʻāina that our ancestors have created, but our examples are also meant to add to our long moʻokūʻauhau of koa aloha ʻāina who have stood up for our people and our land. We never want our keiki and moʻopuna to have to look far for examples of aloha ʻāina, so we kūʻē to remind those to come that it is our tradition to fight for our lāhui. When we speak of kūʻē, resistance/protest/opposition, we generally understand it to mean kū ʻē, to stand apart, to stand different, but it can also mean “already standing,” and that is the lineage of people we join, our kūpuna, those who have already been standing for our ʻāina." 

The complete statement from the original post on Facebook can be found here

Nā Puke Wehewehe (Dictionaries)

Use Hawaiian Dictionaries online to look up Hawaiian words.

Or, check out the following dictionaries from the Library:

Kū Haʻaheo

Kū Haʻaheo was written and composed by Hinaleimoana Wong in September 2007. It has become an anthem of the kiaʻi and a call for unity.

Lyrics to the mele and info on the music video above can be found at:

Mele for Mauna Kea

The following are just a few examples of the mele and music videos being inspired by Mauna Kea and her kiaʻi (protectors). 

You can also view these and other music videos inspired by Mauna Kea and the ongoing movement in the Mauna Mele playlist on YouTube.