Maewa Kaihau

Erima Maewa Kaihau (née Flavell; 1879 – 27 February 1941) was a New Zealand composer, pianist and music teacher, sometimes known as Louisa Maewa Molesworth. She is best known for her contributions to the song "Now Is the Hour", and composed several other popular songs in both Māori and English.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1879 (Whangaroa), Died February 27, 1941

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-2259 10-in. 11/22/1947 Now is the hour (Maori farewell song) Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Tommy Mercer Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kaihau, Maewa," accessed October 3, 2023,

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"Kaihau, Maewa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 October 2023.

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