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ʻO Pupuhi Kū Kalani

Contributor- Samuela Akoni Mika, Waiākea Homesteads, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Hula lāʻau [stick dance], learned from his parents on Kauaʻi. This mele is said to date from the time of Kamehameha I. This is mele inoa for Kamehameha V (Lot Kapuāiwa). King Kamehameha V, Hawaii. Ca. 1865.Image number SP 11672 (Mele translation provided by [...]

2018-07-04T08:22:24+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Noho ana Laka i ka ulu wehiwehi

“A chant commonly used in old hula schools. The scene of this chant is laid on Molokai where Kaulana-ula and other gods were believed to have dwelt. The ohia tree, symbolizing Ku-ohia-laka, was always found in the kuahu or hula altar. Chants of praise were acceptable as gifts as any material gift would be.” [...]

2018-06-26T10:21:21+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi –Bishop Museum’s new exhibition Unreal: Hawaiʻi in Popular Imagination, on display July 14, 2018–January 27, 2019, presents rare, never-before-seen-together images and objects drawn from one of the largest private collections of Hawaiʻi-themed printed ephemera in existence.

2018-09-25T22:24:30+00:00News Release|

He mele he inoa no Koʻolau

Kaluaikoʻolau ("Koʻolau the Leper"), right, his wife Piʻilani, left, their son Kaleimanu, and Piʻilaniʻs mother. Ca. 1893. Hāʻena-Wet Caves. Wahineikeouli. Kēia mele no Koʻolau. Koʻolau was a man at Hāʻena afflicted with leprosy who escaped from confinement. Wahineikeouli composed this mele about him perhaps 30 years ago. (Mele translation provided by Mary Kawena [...]

2018-06-15T14:46:23+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Aia ʻo Kalani i Maleka

Contributor, P.K. Kuhi, Kalihi Kai, Kauaʻi. Composed for King David Kalākaua when he went to the United States to make a treaty whereby products from Hawaii would enter the States duty free and the United States would use Pearl Harbor as a coaling station. He ascended to the throne in 1874 and went to [...]

2018-05-24T15:40:41+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|