Bishop Museum is honored to announce the recent acquisition of a carved wooden ki‘i (image) representative of the Hawaiian god Kū. The ki‘i was purchased by Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne from the collection of Pierre and Claude Vérité through a public auction held at Christie’s Paris in November 2017.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese plantation workers to Hawai‘i – known as the gannenmono.
Mai Kahiki ka wahine ʻo Pele, From Kahiki came the woman, Pele, Mai ka ʻāina o Polapola, From the land of Polapola, Mai ka pūnohu a Kāne, From the ascending smoke cloud of Kāne, Mai ke ao lalapa i [...]
"David Alapaʻi was born 72 years ago at Kaloko, North Kona, Hawaiʻi, and has always lived in North Kona. He claims to belong to the family of Pele, the goddess. The following mele was composed by him during the flow of 1919, when he and a woman of the neighborhood went to see the [...]
Mele Hei_SP_115536 "These are some string figures I know. I haven’t seen them done, except for this, Nā Moku ʻEono o Hawaiʻi Nei or The six districts of Hawaiʻi. I learned to chant this string figure as it is being done, and I know the tune. This is the chant for this [...]
Contributor Mrs. Kaimu Kihe, Puʻuanahulu, North Kona, Hawaiʻi. He mele hoʻāeae. [Love chant] There was a certain man living in Puna who had a wife and then afterwards his friend took away his wife. Thereupon the husband went to Honolulu and lived in Mānoa alone. There was living at that time in [...]
"The mele kake was used for love chants in the olden days. This one is a dialogue in which one sweetheart went to the house of the other. Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama, ca. 1850. SP 114512 He chanted this chant and she answered from inside.Hauonuʻuwai was the place they went to while the time [...]
Contributor- Samuel Akoni Mika, Waiākea Homesteads, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. An ʻūkēkē dialogue between husband and wife. ʻŪkēkē; “A variety of musical bow…with two or commonly three strings drawn through holes at one end. The strings were strummed. According to Roberts, the old experts made no sound with the vocal cords, but the mouth cavity acted [...]
This is a mele hoʻopuka. The dancers danced out before the spectators to this mele but not until the hoʻopaʻa or chanter came to the line “Puka hele i kai i Kulilikaua”. On the word hele or go, they danced out to stand before the people. To bathe in the sea anytime is called [...]
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaiʻi Island’s Kohala Coast will welcome home three treasured kapa (barkcloth) that have recently been conserved by Honolulu’s Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.