Contributors of mele to Helen Roberts’ collection at Bishop Museum, 1924.

MELE, LEGEND CONTRIBUTORS ARE THANKED

Hawaiian Folklore Commission Names Many Islanders

YEAR’S COMPILATION

The names of many well-known residents of the various island communities have been mentioned in a report which Miss Helen H. Roberts has recently sent from the mainland. Miss Roberts left Hawaii some weeks ago after spending a year in the compilation of a collection of ancient music and meles for the Hawaiian Legends and Folklore Commission.

The contributors of meles or music by recitation are mentioned in one group and the contributors of written collections are mentioned in another:

CONTRIBUTORS OF MELES OR MUSIC BY RECITATION

ISLAND OF HAWAII

Mrs. Keluia Kailiena Kaluhiwa, Kailua, N. Kona; Kaiwi Paaole, Moku Maia [Mokumaia] and Mr. and Mrs. Maluo Keawe, Hilo; Mrs. Koleka Naia and Mrs. Kaluaikapahukapu, Kahaluu, N. Kona; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kaawa, Kalaoa, N. Kona. Mrs. Kamakahukilani Kailihiwa, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. W. Kihe, David Alapai, George Henry Kahuila and Kailihiwa Keuhu, Puuanahulu, N. Kona; Kainoa Kawelu, Waiohinu, Kau; D. M. Paiwa and J. S. Kiaha, Kohanaiki, N. Kona; Mrs. Kawaimakaonalii Hao, Kalaoa, N. Kona; Kapeliela Malani, Kawaihae-uka, S. Kohala; Iwikauikaua, Napoopoo, S. Kona; Mr. and Mrs. Pila Mainui, Honaunau, S. Kona; Sam Kaaialii, Kealia Beach, S. Kona; H. W. Kahikiana Kaoo, Dan McKeague and Kelekolikupa, Hookena, S. Kona; Kaleihoohie, Mrs. Monika Keawe, Nahoa Kamakanaaina and D. M. Keliikoa, Waiohinu, Kau; Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Kenoi, Kapoho, Puna; Mrs. Kaoulionalani Kaai, Hilo (Waiakea); Laniku Kama, Waiakea Homesteads, Hilo; J. P. Hale, Rev. Stephen Desha, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Lahapa Paona Kahema, Hilo. Samuel Akoni Mika, Waiakea Homesteads, Hilo; Kalepa Manu, Kalaoa, Hilo; Samuela Waiki, Kawainui, Hilo; Peter Pakele Sr., Waiakea, Hilo; and Rev. W. M. Kalaiwaa, Kamuela, S. Kona.

ISLAND OF OAHU

Solomono Huihui [Solomona Huihui], Sam Kekoowai, Wiliam Keahilima, Mrs. Lahilahi Webb, Mrs. Becky Kawaa, Louis Nakeu, Antone Kaoo, Heleniau, Mrs. Kaahaaina Naihe and Mrs. Lucy Kapohaialii Kaili, Honolulu.

ISLAND OF KAUAI

Mrs. Wahineikeouli Paa [Wahinekeouli Pa], Haena; Mrs. Kailianu Iakopa, Lihue; Kelau, Haena; Mrs. Koiahi, Hanalei; Mrs. Hopii Levy [? Hoopii Levy], Kalihikai; Makue, Hanapepe; P. K. Kuhi, Kalihikai; Paikulu, Haena; Aaiamanu Pauole, Hanalei; Ka Ha, Kalihikai; Mrs. Minnie Lovell, Moloaa; Mrs. Meleana Castro and Kalua Hai, Anahola; Moha, Kekaha; Mrs. Solomon Hoona, Waimea; Mrs. Kamehaitu Helela, Hanapepe; Mrs. Nahaleuli Nahielua, Kekaha; J. Ulunui Ilalaole, Makaweli Valley; Punilei, Makaweli Valley; Waiwaiole Ka La, Kapaa; and Jule Naukana, Lihue.

CONTRIBUTORS OF WRITTEN COLLECTIONS

HAWAII

Judge Simon, his own collection, Olaa; John Kekaula, collection of Judge Waipuilani, Waiohinu, Kau; Mrs. Maxwell, collection of Paele, Hilo; Thomas Cooke, collection of Judge Haaheo, Hilo; Theodore Kelsey, his own collection, Hilo; Peter Pakele Sr., his collection, Waiakea; David Alapai, an old book, Puuanahulu; Rev. William Kamau, his own collection, Iole; Z. P. Kalokuokamaile, his own collection, Napoopoo; and D. M. Keliikoa, his own collection, Waiohinu.

OAHU

Mrs. A. P. Taylor, own collection, Mrs. Mary Jane Fayerweather Montano, own collection, and Mrs. E. L. Doyle, own mele, Honolulu.

KAUAI

Mrs. J. D. Cooke, Kualo collection, Waimea; Rev. Kaulili, the same, Koloa; P. K. Kuhi, his own collection, Kalihikai; Hanohano Makea, his own collection, Hanapepe; Malule, his own collection, Hanapepe Valley; Jacop Piopio Kaapuwai, his own collection, Kekaha; Kaali, residence unknown; Kuapahi, his own collection, and Miss Elsie Wilcox, and old book, Lihue.

[Did you see this past Welo Hou post, “He Lei Keia no Ema”? It not only has the lyrics to the mele and a translation by Mary Kawena Pukui, but there is also a recording contributed by Moha from Kekaha, Kauai! Moha is indeed listed amongst the many names thanked above! There are many famous people in its ranks. Do you see people you know?]

(Advertiser, 10/14/1924, p. 2)

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The Honolulu Advertiser, 69th Year, Number 13,404, Page 2. October 14, 1924.

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