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A i ka ʻoe palau (Aita ʻoe e parau)

(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 [...]

2018-03-18T12:18:17+00:00Welo Hou|

Mele olioli no na ʻliʻi o Hawaii nei

(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 [...]

2018-03-18T12:29:00+00:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

February 12, 1883- The Kingʻs Coronation

On this day in 1883, the coronation ceremony of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapiʻolani took place on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace. In memory of that prestigious event, we share a portion of a chant that speaks about the planning and excitement of that momentous day. “Much feathers were gathered for the preparation [...]

2018-02-24T08:19:42+00:00Welo Hou|