E manao aku ana hoi a he ole ka maliu mai… 1882.

KE ALOHA ONIPAA.

Hakuia e Mrs. Pikini Young Hee.

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Onaona aala ia’u ka nua lehua o Puna,
Maholehole ia pua i ka pehia ia e ka noe,
Ike i ka ili e mahelo o ka panini i ka wai,
Ua hele a Upoluhiwa i ka puia i ke onaona.

Cho. Aia ilaila ka haili hiehie a ka manao,
Repeat. E manao aku ana hoi a he ole ka maliu mai. Continue reading

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Another mele for Kilauea Lighthouse, 1919.

In the Helen Roberts audio collection at the Bishop Museum, it seems that there is an actual recording of Wahinekeaouli Pa performing this mele! [Haw 1.5a, track ] Wow.

nupepa

HE MELE NO KA HALE KUKUI O KILAUEA.

HALE IPUKUKUI O KILAUEA, KAUAI.

Nani wale ka uwila i Kilauea,
E anapa mai la i ka paia lani;
Hoike mai ana i kona nani,
He malamalama oi kelakela;
Helu ekahi a o Hawaii nei.
Ma ka lihi kai o ka Pakipika;
Ua ana pono ia kona enekini,
No kanaha mile kona mamao;
Kaomi lima ia iho ke pihi,
E niniu ia no umi kekona;
Hihiu na hana a ka Puakea,
He oi pakela a ke akamai;
I hana noeau ia e Palani,
Me na waihooluu like ole;
He kinohinohi ke ike aku,
Ka anapa a ka onohi kaimana,
Ua hanaia a ku i ka nani,
Molina wai gula anapanapa;
Ka papa dala ke kahua ia,
Ka hulali a ka wai hoohinuhinu;
Ua kohu lihilihi anuenue,
Ka alohi, ka anapa ke ike aku,
Haina ia mai ana ka puana,
Hale kukui nani…

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Early days of some of the greats, 1933.

PTA news
FOR ISLAND PARENTS & TEACHERS

CUMMINS SCHOOL

C. C. Robinson of the Y. M. C. A. spoke on “Developing Comradship Between Parents and Children” at the Liholiho P. T. A. meeting at Cummins school last Thursday evening. F. Nobriga, principal, introduced the speaker.

It was announced that there will be a sale of laulaus at the school on February 4, with Mrs. Kaulia in charge.

There will be a Valentine Party on February 14, for the faculty and P. T. A. officers.

Each month a different group has charge of the entertainment. At this meeting Mrs. Kaulia presented the following Hawaiian program which included hula, “Beauty” by Iolani Luahine; solo, Leimomi Kaulia; trio, Lydia Kaloio and companions; chant, Keahi Luahine; hula olapa, Helen Smythe; duet, Leimomi Kaulia and Mabel Kaulia; songs, “Akaka” by Emma Paishon and Iolani Luahine; hula, Lydia Kaloio and Julia Doyle, and hula, Lydia Kaloio. Continue reading

Iolani Luahine performance, 1949.

DANCES OF FIVE ISLANDS WILL BE INTERPRETED in the modern half of the hula concert to be given by Iolani Luahine and her group on Tuesday at 8 p. m. in McKinley high school auditorium. In this picture, left to right, Lei Miranda, Nani Chang and Lani Rodrigues are dancing the well known mele, “Maui No Ka Oi.” Another guest on the program will be Alfred Apaka singing, “I Will Remember You.”—Craig Stevens photo.

Iolani Luahine Will Dance Old, Modern Hulas in Concert Tuesday

The dignified and the humorous hulas and chants of old and modern Hawaii will be presented in the concert program, “Hula Hoolaulea o na Hawaii” by Miss Iolani Luahine on Tuesday evening at 8 in the McKinley high school auditorium.

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Miss Luahine, foremost interpreter of the ancient hula, will dance a prologue, the Hula Pele, two groups of gourd dances, Hula Ohelo; a group of drum dances; the Treadle board dance and the Hula kii.

She will also perform the paddle dance with her group.

“Kaulana na Pua o Hawaii,” a hula dating back to the 1890s will be Miss Iolani’s first modern dance offering. Continue reading

Mele and education according to Andrew K. Poepoe, 1930.

Modern Teacher Tells How Old Hawaiians Were Taught

By A. K. POEPOE

(This is the second article by Mr. Poepoe, a Normal school instructor, telling of Hawaiian tone production methods.)

A story obtained from Kona, Hawaii, and recorded by the late Dr. Emerson, mentioning one of the methods used for the training of the chanters conveys to me several fundamental principles vital to vocal art, that aid in verifying the distinct tone focus and timbre in the Hawaiian voice.

“It refers to a little pool of shallow water in the rocks by the sea at Kailua, Hawaii, where the sun was reflected late every afternoon for a considerable interval. This and similar pools were called ‘poho na’u,’ poho, meaning both a depression in the surface and to blow gently. These pools were great swimming centers in olden times. Continue reading

Andrew K. Poepoe on retaining traditional mele styles, 1930.

Hawaiian Singers Urged to Preserve Native Characteristic Song Tones

By A. K. POEPOE

With the advent of various mechanical music devices in the homes and public places, foreign tone qualities are being heard and are gradually replacing the distinct Hawaiian tones, so noticeable in Hawaiian songs. I feel it my duty to call the attention of the Hawaiian singers and lovers of Hawaiian vocal art to the fact that the peculiar Hawaiian tone quality that made Hawaii famous has a distinct focus in the vocal organs.

I feel that unless we distinguish the placement of our tones with its characteristics, and our phonetic system, in the vocal organs, from those we hear, the future generations will sing Hawaiian compositions, Hawaiian words, Hawaiian interpretation, with a foreign tone quality.

In written music we have artificial means of preserving the music by musical notations, whereas, in vocal singing we have to depend upon sensations felt in the vocal organs. Continue reading