From E S C Handy and Mary Kawena Pukui
Another expression of love for the departed, which persists today,
is the singing of songs that the person loved including the mele that was composed in honor of the person’s birth.
It is a token of true aloha.
CITE: The Book of Aloha: A collection of Hawaiian Proverbs and Inspirational Wisdom by Mutual Publishing, Inc.