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Aloha mai au i kuu aina

Contributor Wahineikeaouli Paa [Pa], Wet Cave, Hāʻena, Kauaʻi. Mele hula composed by her for her birthplace.  (Translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Aloha mai au i kuʻu ʻāina I love my homeland, I ka loku a ka ua me ka makani. In the heavy rains [...]

2018-10-22T12:40:27+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

He Lei kēia no Ema

Contributor- Moha, Kekaha, Kauaʻi. He lei kēia no Ema. This is a lei chant for Emma which was composed after the riots that followed the election of Kalākaua. (Translation and excerpt by Mary Kawena Pukui)   He lei kēia no Ema, This is a lei chant for Emma, [...]

2018-10-15T09:35:26+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Mele maʻi no Kapiʻolani

“Pokilehua was the name of Kapiʻolani’s maʻi.” (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Contributor- P.K. Kuhi Kalihikai, Kauaʻi A he wahi maʻi kēia lā This is a maʻi chant Nou nō e Kapiʻolani lā For you, Kapiʻolani. Aia paha kō maʻi lā [...]

2018-10-15T08:51:56+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island”

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island,” an original new exhibition that will showcase the museum’s extensive cultural and natural history collections and shed light on the intriguing island of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Drawing from recent studies conducted by Bishop Museum researchers and collaborators, the exhibit will highlight some lesser-known stories about the island. “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island” will be on display in the Castle Memorial Building from Nov. 3, 2018–May 5, 2019.

2018-10-06T00:35:40+00:00News Release|

No luna ka hale kai nō e Kamaʻalewa

Contributor- Kamehaitu Helela, Hanapēpē Valley, Kauai. Hula ipu ai. [Dance performed with a gourd drum.] In one version, it is the lehua that fear men and go below, but according to some hula masters it is the reverse. According to the latter, the lehua was kapu for the gods and caused rain when plucked. [...]

2018-09-19T13:02:03+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Ua holo ke kao

Singer- David Alapa’i. Puʻuanahulu, N. Kona, Hawaiʻi. A goat chasing song which the people around Puʻuanahulu made up."This is not a real song or chant but a school recitation, which the Hawaiians recited in a sing-song fashion and later, some put it to modern tunes. My grandmother taught me a similar one when I was [...]

2018-09-15T17:01:10+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Michael Gloriani Visits Vertebrate Zoology

Michael Gloriani, a senior undergraduate Biology student at the University of San Diego, visited the Vertebrate Zoology collection to measure some of our chameleon specimens for his research.  He is studying Jackson’s chameleons (Trioceros jacksonii), which are not native to Hawaii and were intentionally introduced to Kaneohe in 1972.  Many thanks to Michael [...]

Keawe Kū i ke Kāʻai

Contributor- Mrs. A.P Taylor [Emma Ahuena Taylor], Honolulu, Oʻahu. “It was the custom for the bones of high chiefs to be enclosed in baskets woven of cords, with an upper compartment for the skull and a lower one for the rest of the skeleton. This was called ‘kū i ke kāʻai’, or Standing in the [...]

2018-07-10T16:50:10+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Aloha Kona Hau o Māʻihi

Contributor- Kaahaainahaku Naihe, Oʻahu. “Mele inoa for King Kalākauaʻs mother, Keohokālole. (After her death that name was passed over to Princess Likelike, the kingʻs sister.) Keohokālole (“straight hair”), mother of Kalākaua and Liliʻuokalani was named by Kaʻahumanu for the straight hair of her father, ʻAikanaka.” (Excerpt and mele translation provided by Mary Kawena Pukui) [...]

2018-07-10T16:30:00+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

He Pule Inu ʻAwa

Contributor- Peter Pakele, Sr., Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. He mele kānaenae no Pele, Hiʻiaka, a me Laka. [A chant of praise for Pele, Hiʻiaka, and Laka.] He ʻawa inu kahela ʻia na Kalani The ʻawa, a tasty drink for the Chiefess. Ua līhau aʻela i ka lehua makanoe [...]

2018-09-14T12:12:20+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|