Sheet music

USA HAWAII : Hawaii State Song
State Song of Hawaii
Hawaii Ponoi

  • Author: King David Kalakaua (1836-1891)
  • Composer: Henry Berger (1844-1921)
  • Adopted: June 13 1967
  • National Day: August 21 1959 - Statehood (50th State)
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  • Further details: This was Hawaii's former national anthem and now its state song. King DAVID KALAKAUA (1836-1891) wrote the text in 1874. HENRY BERGER (1844-1921) composed the music shortly afterwards. The arrangement for four-part chorus and band is impressive in the grand manner of the majestic national anthems of European royalty.
    The national anthem was first sung by the Kawaiaha'o Choir on the birthday of King Kalakaua, November 16 1874. Subsequently it became the regular closing piece for every Royal Hawaiian Band performance. In 1876 it was proclaimed the national anthem of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Even after the US annexation, the song was popularly accepted as the territory's national anthem. In 1967, the Hawaii State legislature passed an act making it the state song.