Evensong honoring Prince Albert of Hawai‘i

Prince Albert Kamehameha was the only son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. During his short life, he was the Crown Prince of Hawaiʻi. Born in May 1858, he died very young, only four years old, and was mourned throughout the island kingdom upon his death.

The Cathedral will celebrate Prince Albert with a Choral Evensong on May 5 at 5:30 pm, with the Cathedral Choir and Choral Scholars, conducted by Music Director Todd Beckham. Musical highlights include a setting of the Magnificat by Henry Walford Davies and Nunc Dimittis by John Blow. The anthem will be ‘Auhea ‘Oe, by Leohone Magno, whose poignant words are:

Oh, precious garland, Oh, precious garland;
Oh, Kaleiopapa, where have you gone?

I seem to hear the voice of my child
Sounding faintly there in the mountains
Like the red honey-creeper of the forest of the highlands.
Where have you gone, oh, Kapuialani?

Aloft in the heavens like a bird in reverent solitude,
A bird drawn to the highest reaches
Gliding upon the waters of Halumi;
The heart is overwhelmed by you.

I seem to hear the voice of my child
Like the red honey-creeper of the forest.

Oh, Kaleiopapa, where have you gone?
Oh, precious garland.

See and hear this lovely anthem here.