A Love Poem by the Queen of Hawaii

In the tradition of the Song of Songs, this beautiful poem resonates with the longing for one’s beloved. Entitled Nani Nâ Pua, it was written in 1860 by Lydia Kamaka`eha Päkï, the last Queen of Hawaii – Queen Liliuokalani. She wrote over 160 songs during her lifetime.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/02/13/love-poem-queen-hawaii

i think i’d recognize wintley’s voice anywhere - he’s at least as good as james ingram (my favorite), luther vandross and lionel richie…palm bay sda church is really fortunate to have him as their pastor…perhaps next time i’m in fort lauderdale, i’ll just drive up for their church service…

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I would like to see some great discussions and comments on these valuable posts from Spectrum. So often, there are fiery debates, endless arguments, judgmental pronouncements and negative opinions on issues that God alone has the authority to deal with. This love poem and other literary gems will help us to focus on what is good, pure and uplifting, so I believe that we should give them serious thought. As sinful beings, we are attracted to conflict, but it is negative and destructive. Rene G.


Publishing a church volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. The trouble with life is there are so many Puritanism, with little life, or absolution, the rose petal must starved of its subtle metaphor for haunting fear that someone, somewhere, maybe happy, revolve madly around the sexual questions the subliminal echo. God forgives the rose petal. That’s his business.


At least as good???