Author: Nogelmeier, Puakea
He Lei no `Emalani presents the largest published collection of Hawaiian poetic compositions written for Queen Emma Kaleleonalani. The book’s 204 mele give readers invaluable and unique perspectives into the life and times of Queen Emma, wife of Kamehameha IV. The mele were collected from 19th century Hawaiian language newspapers, as well as unpublished collections in the Bishop Museum and Hawai`i State Archives – many hand-written on loose leafs of paper dating back over one and a half centuries. Out of the 204 mele cataloged in this book, three were written by Queen Emma herself.