Contributor- Peter Pakele, Sr., Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi. He mele kānaenae no Pele, Hiʻiaka, a me Laka. [A chant of praise for Pele, Hiʻiaka, and Laka.]
E kū ana au e hele ē,
I stand ready to depart,
He ʻawa inu kahela ʻia na Kalani
The ʻawa, a tasty drink for the Chiefess.
Ua līhau aʻela i ka lehua makanoe
Pleased is she with the stunted lehua
Hiʻolani kēlā moe i Wahinekapu.
And falls asleep at Wahinekapu.
Kau i keha a ke kanaka kia manu ē, he anu.
She pillows her head and sleeps like a bird catcher, who is cold,
ʻO ke kanaka paha ia i make i ke anu,
Perhaps like a man benumbed with cold,
Ke haʻi maila i kāna koʻekoʻe
Who complains of the damp and chill.
E uhi iho ʻoe i wahi kapa noʻu i mehana au.
Cover her over with a covering to warm her.
E Kalani nō, e hoʻōla, ola nā maʻi āpau.
O Heavenly One, grant healing, heal all kinds of diseases.
[MS SC 3.7, pg. 6b, 7a, 52]
Mele are an invaluable primary resource for Hawaiian scholarship and cultural connection. The Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Roberts Mele Collection project, funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, will improve the digitization, indexing, and accessibility of a unique and treasured collection of mele dating from pre-Western contact to the early 1900s. This pilot project will serve as a model for improved access to and increased engagement with the Bishop Museum Library & Archives’ other mele collections.
Welo Hou, or to unfurl once again, aims to provide more opportunities for researchers of all levels of Hawaiian language and cultural fluency to access the Roberts Collection with ease, and honors the connections between Hawaiian voices of the past and our community of the present.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services NG-04-17-0218-17