The underlying meaning contains a derision for one (not the chant owner) who aspires to something he has no right to- like a person who must get into higher society or perish in the attempt! The person or position sought remains out of reach, like a startled bird, but the seeker hesitates not in [...]
In a unique partnership with Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Four Seasons Resort Oʻahu at Ko Olina is honored to showcase the Aa, Prince Kūhiō’s legendary racing canoe, built in 1902.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents Talk Science, a three-part lecture series that takes an in-depth look at the most fascinating and pressing environmental issues facing Hawai‘i, presented by the scientists at the heart of these issues.
Excerpt and mele translations by Mary Kawena Pukui- This is one of the three mele hoʻoulu lāhui [song to encourage the increase of the Hawaiian race] composed for Queen Kapiʻolani when she went around Kauaʻi to interest her people in caring for their babies. A mele of this type emphasizes pana, or place names. [...]
Bishop Museum debuts vivid new enhancements to its Science Adventure Center with a focus on the land, sea, and sky of Hawai‘i.
(The following notes and mele translation provided by Mary Kawena Pukui) This chant is in two ʻoki, or parts, both of which were used in hula dancing. This is the second part, which begins with the Tahitian words “Aita ʻoe e parau,” or “You have nothing to say.” According to my informant, Keahi Luahine, the [...]
Bishop Museum is hosting the first-ever Hi-Sci Festival, a month-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, math (STEAM) and Hawaiian and Pacific culture.
"Mele obtained from Kiaaina, of chief stock, reputed to have been born in Kohala in 1817. Much of his life was spent on the island of Kauaʻi. He was related to the Lalakeaʻs (Lalakea is the name of a shark). He died at his home on the Hilo side of Wai.a-ea Stream, [...]
(Click image to view) The first half of the chant is of Kaʻu and I have often heard it chanted there. The chiefs of Kaʻu played a game of leaping into heaped-up earth at Kaumaea-lele-kawa and then brushing off their perspiration soaked bodies with ilima branches [...]
Bishop Museum Press Celebrates 125th Year with Reprint of Classic Text “Canoes of Oceania,” a three-volume encyclopedic reference, available once more
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – “Canoes of Oceania,” originally published as three separate volumes from 1936 to 1938, has been reprinted in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Museum Press, Hawai‘i’s oldest book publisher.