Aloha `Oe, also known as Farewell to Thee, is a short song sung by Nani when it seemed like it was their last moment together with Lilo from the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch. It is also sung by Lilo, Stitch and Reuben during the climax of Leroy & Stitch.
Variations of the song have also been used in several Disney shorts, such as Jungle Rhythm, Hawaiian Holiday, Soup's On and Freewayphobia #1. Annette Funicello sang a full English translation of the song on her album Hawaiannette, released under Buena Vista Records in 1960.
Aloha 'Oe was written and composed by Hawaii's last last monarch, and only queen regent of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani. After being captured from her home land, she wrote it during her imprisonment, after it was taken over by western industrialization. The reasons behind the song was to express her grievances to that she was unable to protect her people and country, and it was also her way of apologizing for not being able to uphold her duty as Queen.
Its quite possible Nani was made to sing this song due to the fact that, like Queen Liliuokalani who was unable to protect her country, Nani was unable to protect Lilo, and like the queen who had her country taken from her, Nani was going to experence the same with Lilo.
Lyrics that are Sung
Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
Full English Translation
Farewell to thee, farewell to thee
- It is quite possible that Lilo and Nani were both named after Queen Liliuokalani, the last ruling monarch of Hawaii. Lilo has the same first three letters of the monarch's name, while Nani has the last three letters of her name.
- Lilo & Nani
- If this truly is indeed the case, then that would make their connection to the song that much more meaningful, as they, as a whole, represent the last Queen of Hawaii, the one who wrote the song.