LYRICS OF ALOHA: Mokihana Mountains

Aloha everyone. I had to compose this song. There are so many Hawaiian names for the different valleys, slopes, trails, falls, that I had to name the center of this island The Mokihana Mountains, because that is where the mokihana berries grow. Paul Togioka plays the banjo.

Mokihana Mountains

There’s an island called Kaua‘i, known as the Garden Isle, where the maile and the Mokihana grow.

It’s where I met my sweetheart, it’s where we fell in love, in the Mokihana Mountains of Kaua‘i.

Mokihana Mountains you’re always on my mind

Mokihana Mountains where the cool streams wind.

It will always be the place where no troubles you will face in the Mokihana Mountains of Kaua‘i.

In the Mokihana Mountains we live now happily, where you will find peace and harmony, the fragrance of these mountains is one you won’t forget in the evening as we walk in the sunset.


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.


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