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08-07-2013, 04:03 PM
I need some help in translating an English phrase to Hawaiian.
It's: "for the love of music".
I was playing around with "na" "mele" and "aloha", but have no idea what the right combination would look like. I believe that there is no word for "music" generally in Hawaiian, I'm just looking for something that carries the spirit of the phrase, and being a born-and-bred Aussie I need some help from brothers and sisters closer to the source. Mahalo in advance.

Brad Bordessa
08-07-2013, 06:26 PM
I've only made my way up through HAW 201 so far, but my best guess is something like "No ke aloha o nā mele" - for the love of the songs. That statement is pretty much "English thinking" to begin with so Iʻm sure there is a more poetic Hawaiian way to phrase it, but thatʻs the literal translation that's coming to mind right now. Any context you could provide might (or might not) be helpful.

08-07-2013, 06:35 PM
Thanks Hippie Guy,
I busk a bit, and I want to put a sign up saying "thank you" (mahalo) to people who listen and/or throw in money, and I had the urge to put that phrase on the sign as a link to the source (and I think it would sound a little more lyrical in Hawaiian)
Any other thoughts out there? It doesn't have to be literal.....

08-07-2013, 09:41 PM
Here's what I came up with
-will probably get a few smiles...
And when I finally make it to Hawaii, and they ask me for the purpose of my visit, I can tell them "No ke aloha o nā mele".....