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Hanohano Kapulani i ka ulu hala

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 [...]

2019-08-19T09:59:52-10:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Haleakalā Ke Kuahiwi Nani o Maui

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 [...]

2019-07-29T10:19:07-10:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

A Hilo Wau E Hoʻolulu Ka Lehua

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] [...]

2019-07-22T15:37:42-10:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|

Puʻupuʻu wale koʻu wahi ē

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, [...]

2019-07-01T05:23:41-10:00Library & Archives, Welo Hou|