Contributor- Iwikauikaua, Nāpōʻopoʻo, South Kona, Hawaiʻi. “This chant was used when a person approached hālau. If the password was thrice uttered by one who wished to enter and was ignored by the master within the hālau, then the one who uttered the password could utter this chant if he chose. If he did, he [...]
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 [...]
Contributor- Mrs. Kailianu Iakopa. A mele olioli more old than she, which is 62 years. Lihue. "An old mele. This is how we know that the ʻōʻō birds of this island [Oʻahu] used to go to Pearl Harbor to feed. It must have been quite a forest in the old days. Now all gone." -Lahilahi [...]
“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.” [...]
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.
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 [...]
Tamaahamah, King of the Sandwich Islands. SP 76905 (Mele translation provided by Mary Kawena Pukui) Aia ʻo ʻĀwini pali aliʻi hulaʻana, Yonder stands ʻĀwini, the sheer cliff of royalty, E noho ana Kahaopulani. Where Kahaopulani lived, Hānai ʻia Paiʻea, [...]
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 [...]