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Song of Eternity

By Advanced Micro Image Systems Hawaii, Inc.

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Title: Song of Eternity  
Author: Advanced Micro Image Systems Hawaii, Inc.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Music, Hawaiian Music
Collections: Authors Community, Music
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Publisher: Advanced Micro Image Systems Hawaii, Inc.
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center


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Micro Image Systems Hawaii, Inc, B. A. (1955). Song of Eternity. Retrieved from

It is the purpose of this series of articles to attempt a resolution on these questions by reviewing the ethnological history of the Hawaiian peoples as contained in their ancient traditions, rituals and epic poetry. It is the purpose of these articles to present the Hawaiian royal traditions unconfounded by the elements and theology of Christianity or the insidious influence of other cultural philosophies. It is our purpose to relate what will substantially be the same history, prayers, and chants that for innumerable centuries were recited by the Hawaiian priesthood of the Order of Io and the worship of Kane. If, as inevitably it must, there shall rise a conflict of thought between these articles and the preponderant opinion of modern anthropological research, we shall only be able to resolve or at least to mitigate these differences by restating our purpose of presenting the history of the Hawaiian from his own viewpoint. To accomplish this, we shall adhere strictly to our primary source of material, the Song of Eternity (He Koi Honua No Ke Aha Alii, Ka Halau Kapu O Keawe) of the Royal and Sacred House of Keawe, traditional ruling family of the island Kingdom of Hawaii and from whose ranks have sprung all the kings and princes of the four island kingdoms and the dynasties of Kamehameha and David Kalakaua, and from whence were chosen the entire hierarchy of the priesthood of the temples of Kane and the altar of Io.

The Song of Eternity, never before disclosed to the public, is a series of heroic epics and liturgies. The last time that it was recited in its entirety was at the necrological ceremonies attending the funeral of the beloved Prince William Charles Lunalilo, King of Hawaii and sixth of the Dynasty of Kamehameha. Lenthy portions of it, however, have been chanted at other similar ceremonies, the most prominent of these being the coronation of David Kalakaua, and the furierals of the Queens, Emma and Liliuokalani; of the Princes William Leleiohoku, David Kawananakoa, and Albert Kunuiakea, and of the High-Chiefesses Kehauluohi II, Ruth Keelikolani, Peleuli Crowningburg-Amalu, Elizabeth Kekaaniau Pratt, and others. It may also be of interest to know that various of its liturgies were chanted at the ceremonies which elevated Archibald Cleghorn and John Owen Dominis as Princes of the Realm and which created the late Henry Gaylord Dillingham as a High-Chief of Hawaii in the Order of Kaleiwohi.


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