Rahul Sharma

E Ola Ke Alii Ke Akua

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Lyrics  Lunalilo
Relinquished  1866
Adopted  1860
E Ola Ke Alii Ke Akua
Music  Same as God Save the Queen

E Ola Ke Aliʻi Ke Akua, translated as God Save the King, was one of Hawaii's four national anthems. It was composed in 1860 by Prince William Charles Lunalilo, who later became King Lunalilo. Prior to 1860, the Kingdom of Hawaii lacked its own national anthem and had used the British royal anthem God Save The King. A contest was sponsored in 1860 by Kamehameha IV, who wanted a song with Hawaiian lyrics set to the tune of the British anthem. The winning entry was written by the 25-year-old Lunalilo and was reputed to have been written in 20 minutes. Lunalilo was awarded 10 dollars, which later donated to the Queen's Hospital. His composition became Hawaii's first national anthem. It remained Hawaii's national anthem until 1866, when it was replaced by Queen Liliʻuokalani's composition He Mele Lahui Hawaii.

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E Ola Ke Alii Ke Akua Wikipedia


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