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.
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. [...]