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"Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" is the current state song of the State of Hawaii. The words were written in 1874 by King David Kalākaua with music composed by Captain Henri Berger, then the king's royal bandmaster. Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī was one of the national anthems of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and also was the National Anthem of the Republic of Hawaii.

Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī
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King Kalākaua, author of the anthem's lyrics.

State anthem of Hawaii
LyricsKing David Kalākaua, 1874
MusicCaptain Henri Berger

It was adopted as the national anthem in 1876,[1] replacing Liliuokalani's composition He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi. It was the adopted song of the Territory of Hawaiʻi before becoming the state symbol by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1967. The melody is reminiscent of "God Save the Queen" and the Prussian anthem "Heil dir im Siegerkranz".[2] "Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" is commonly sung at sporting events in Hawaii, immediately after the U.S. national anthem.

In the Hawaiian language, Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī means "Hawaiʻi's Own".


Hawaiian English
Hawaiʻi ponoʻī, Hawaiʻi's own true sons,
Nānā i kou mōʻī, Be loyal to your king,
Ka lani aliʻi, Your only ruling chief,
Ke aliʻi. Your liege and lord.
Hawaiʻi ponoʻī, Hawaiʻi's own true sons,
Nānā i nā aliʻi, Honor give to your chiefs,
Nā pua kou muli[3], Of kindred race are we,
Nā pōkiʻi. Younger descent.
Hawaiʻi ponoʻī, Hawaiʻi's own true sons,
E ka lāhui ē, People of this our land,
ʻO kāu hana nui Duty calls fealty,
E ui ē. Guide in the right.
Hui: Chorus:
Makua lani ē, Royal father,
Kamehameha ē, Kamehameha,
Na kāua e pale, We shall defend,
Me ka ihe. With the spear.


  1. ^ Stevenson, Robert Louis; Jolly, Roslyn (2008). South Sea Tales. Oxford: Oxford Universiry Press. p. 273. ISBN 978-0-19-953608-5. OCLC 1003039815.
  2. ^ The melody was based on the Prussian hymn originally titled "Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz". "Hawaiʻi ponoʻī". Archived from the original on 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  3. ^ Kalena Silva & Kapena Achiu


Preceded by
He Mele Lahui Hawaii
National Anthem of the Kingdom of Hawaii
Monarchy abolished