Today's mele was contributed to the collection by a man named William Kualu of Makaweli Valley, Kauaʻi. According to Lahilahi Webb this mele was written for the district of Waiʻanae and parts of ʻEwa.
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Today’s featured composition is a mele kuʻi lua, or a chant for lua fighting. [Photo: Pīkoi; Tripping cord used as a weapon in battle. SP 30143.] (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Kō ke au i Hala‘ea, The current of Hala‘ea draws out, Pūnāwai Mānā, [...]
Originally found in the story of Hiʻiaka, today’s mele is one that was used in the old hula schools when the password to enter the learning space was ignored. [Photo Kumu hula, pahu (left) ipu heke (right) with three young female dancers behind him; grass house and people in background; Moanalua, Oahu, [...]
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Today we feature a children’s game that was contributed to the collection by noted photographer and ethnologist, Theodore Kelsey. [Photo: Hawaiian children; Hawaiʻi. Ca. 1915. SP_77744.] (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Hele i kai o Pīheka, Go down to Pīheka, Hele aku au a [...]
“This was the call of Pili a Mo‘o, the smaller of the two mo‘o who kept the ʻtipsy plank of the Wailuku’ at the ford just above the falls of Pāhe‘ehe‘e and Kaluakanaka (‘Make Fall’) near the mouth of the river, and exacted toll for passing over..."
Bishop Museum had the wonderful privilege of helping to contribute an 18 foot long lei for the annual lei draping ceremony honoring King Kamehameha. Today we feature a mele kui lei, a lei making prayer.
Singer- Samuela Akoni Mika. Waiākea Homesteads, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Mele hula lāʻau ma Hawaiʻi nei. A mele of Koʻokoʻolau. Learned from his parents on Kauaʻi.
Often iconically featured in articles on Hawaiian natural history because of its large, eye-catching, reddish-hued young fronds, the ‘ama‘u is indeed a special Hawaiian fern.