Today’s featured mele, composed for E.D Henriques by Lucy Peabody, expresses the deep love a parent feels for their child. Miss Peabody is best known for serving as a lady-in-waiting for Queen Emma and for her role in resurrecting the ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu in 1906. [Photo: Studio portrait of (from left): Grace Kahoalii [...]
Today’s mele was contributed to the collection by Peter Pakele of Hilo, Hawaiʻi. The composer of this piece mentions significant places, such as Puʻuloa, to illustrate the story behind this mele.
[Photo: Portrait of Mrs. Amoe Ululani Haalelea (1842-1904); Hawaiʻi. SP 39741] [Photo: View of Kawaiahaʻo Church (with steeple) from Punchbowl Street; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Ca. 1880. SP 96550] (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Kū nō ka lino i Pi‘ikea, The pride goes up to Pi‘ikea, [...]
Today’s mele was contributed to the collection by Theodore Kelsey of Hilo. Beginning at the top of Haleakalā, the composer takes us on a journey reaching as far north as Kauaʻi then travels back toward the southernmost island of Hawaiʻi. [Photo: Group of thirteen on horses and mules at Haleakalā Maui. SP [...]
Happy Mele Monday! Today’s featured composition is performed as a hula paʻi umauma, or a chest-slapping hula. Starting in Hilo, this mele journeys through various scenic points across the Hawaiian Islands. [Photo: Sailing vessel in Hilo Bay with Coconut Island at right and canoe in the foreground; Hilo, Hawaiʻi. SP 205196] [...]
Today's mele was contributed to the collection by a man named William Kualu of Makaweli Valley, Kauaʻi. According to Lahilahi Webb this mele was written for the district of Waiʻanae and parts of ʻEwa.
Today’s featured composition is a mele kuʻi lua, or a chant for lua fighting. [Photo: Pīkoi; Tripping cord used as a weapon in battle. SP 30143.] (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Kō ke au i Hala‘ea, The current of Hala‘ea draws out, Pūnāwai Mānā, [...]
Originally found in the story of Hiʻiaka, today’s mele is one that was used in the old hula schools when the password to enter the learning space was ignored. [Photo Kumu hula, pahu (left) ipu heke (right) with three young female dancers behind him; grass house and people in background; Moanalua, Oahu, [...]
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..."