“Make a Joyful Noise”
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!
On Sunday morning, I told the congregation about a special song that comes from a special place. “Mokuhulu” is a song about four beautiful villages along the Puna Coast on Hawai`i Island—the home of my ancestors and a place I have visited many times. When I first read the English translation of the song, I felt like I was there, for I could not only see the place in my mind; I could also smell the seaweed…and taste the coconut…and feel the rain and the water on my skin…and hear the music! Here is an English translation of the song:
Mokuhulu in the shade of the breadfruit
And coconut trees / This verdant home
Of rain-rustled lehua–of the lehua flower
Kaimu in the fragrance of delicious seaweed
In the sweet song of the sea–
This ocean home on the hilled-up sand
Kalapana, the coconut trees
Bent low for Queen Emma
This place well-known to visitors
Kapa`ahu, this pool for swimming
This tingling-cold water
So thrilling to the touch
To sing the summary refrain from Puna
Comes the fragrance
That is carried here to me
Music has always played an important part in Hawaiian culture; it has also played a huge part in the Judeo-Christian heritage, mentioned in both testaments. It is music that keeps us close to God, one another and the rest of the world. May we open our hearts and our very lives to the music all around us.
Kahu Alan Akana
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