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    Lanakila Photo taken 1923 Sugar Trains Pictorial

    Lanakila Ke Ka Ahi Ali`i (Lanakila, The Royal Train)

    Kahea:
    O Lanakila Ke Ka Ahi Ali`i
    
    
    O Lanakila ke ka ahi ali`i 
    Nana lawe mai kahu aupuni
    
    
    A hiki o kalani i Moanalua
    Ka uwapo holuholu a`o Hālana
    
    
    Alawa iho `oe ma ka `ao`ao
    Ka nome ka huila i ke alahao
    
    
    A`ohe ou loa a e Mānana
    I ke ku `upau a na wilikī
    
    
    Ho`okahi na leo a`o ke kuhina
    Ho`opa`a ia mai na mikini
    
    
    Kunou welo pāpale ke aloha
    Nā kupa nā kini ou e kalani
    
    
    A kau o kalani i ke ka`a pio
    Huli aku a noho ho`ola`ila`i
    
    
    Kiani ka uwepa ha`a nā lio
    Kiliopu i ke kula o Leilehua
    
    
    He aku mākou o mai `oe
    O Lili`uoklani la he inoa:
    
    
    Kahea:
    He inoa no Lili`uokalani
    

    Translation

    Call:
    Lanakila, The Royal Train
    
    
    Lanakila was the royal train
    That bore hither the crown princess
    
    
    Bearing her through Moanalua
    Over the swaying bridge at Hālana
    
    
    A glance out the sides showed
    The wheels rolling over the track
    
    
    Mānana did not seem far 
    When the engineers’ did their work
    
    
    The minister spoke just once
    “Make the engine stop here”
    
    
    Greeted by bows and waving hats
    By her subjects, her people
    
    
    The princess boarded a carriage
    There she turned and sat calmly
    
    
    The whip was snapped, the horses
    Pranced over the plain of Lellehua
    
    
    We call to you, o answer us
    Lili`uokalani is your name
    
    
    Call:
    For the name of Lili`uokalani
    


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