Today we feature a children’s game that was contributed to the collection by noted photographer and ethnologist, Theodore Kelsey. [Photo: Hawaiian children; Hawaiʻi. Ca. 1915. SP_77744.] (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Hele i kai o Pīheka, Go down to Pīheka, Hele aku au a [...]
“This was the call of Pili a Mo‘o, the smaller of the two mo‘o who kept the ʻtipsy plank of the Wailuku’ at the ford just above the falls of Pāhe‘ehe‘e and Kaluakanaka (‘Make Fall’) near the mouth of the river, and exacted toll for passing over..."
Bishop Museum had the wonderful privilege of helping to contribute an 18 foot long lei for the annual lei draping ceremony honoring King Kamehameha. Today we feature a mele kui lei, a lei making prayer.
Singer- Samuela Akoni Mika. Waiākea Homesteads, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Mele hula lāʻau ma Hawaiʻi nei. A mele of Koʻokoʻolau. Learned from his parents on Kauaʻi.
Kaulana mai nei Iāpana...
Contributor- Theodore Kelsey, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Mele Hei.
Celebrating the love a mother feels for her child, we feature a mele composed by Mrs. Kawaimakaonaliʻi Haʻo written for her son Kealohilani.
Singer- Kailihiwa Kuehu, Puʻuanahulu, N. Kona, Hawaiʻi. Mele olioli no Hiʻiaka. Kailihiwa heard this mele when Ruth Keʻelikōlani was living. His grandfather taught it to him and said that Kaʻolulo was the composer.
Contributor - Wahineikeouli Pa, Wet Cave, Hāʻena, Kauaʻi. Mele hula. Accompanied by the ʻulīʻulī.
Contributor- P.K. Kuhi, Kalihi Kai, Kauaʻi. Mele inoa no Kalākaua.