Lyrics of Aloha: “Wai‘ale‘ale”

Looking far to the west from my home in Wailua Homestaeds, better known as Queen’s Acres, as the sun sets I can see the most beautiful mountain in the world, with clouds surrounding its feet. Almost a mile high, it is known as the wettest spot on Earth; I was inspired to compose this song:


Wai‘ale‘ale way up high in the evening birds all fly to your side

Wai‘ale‘ale in the west, in the evening silhouette, how I sigh to be by your side

The home of the Rain Gods, your secrets untold

Beauty of Heaven, all yours to behold.

Wai‘ale‘ale seems to call, land of rain and waterfalls

How I sigh to be by your side, to be by your side Waialeale


Larry Rivera has been an entertainer and song-writer on Kaua‘i for more than six decades, and shares the stories behind his songs in “Lyrics of Aloha,” appearing once a month in the Sunday edition of The Garden Island. Win prizes and earn an entry in the Vacations Hawai‘i Vegas vacation for two drawing by listening to KONG radio the following Monday and Tuesday between 6 and 8 a.m. and taking part in a contest based on the column.

  1. YuCalJoe May 2, 2021 3:47 pm Reply

    Great song from Larry! I can hardly wait to hear him sing again during our visit this summer.

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