“Most loathsome and indecent publication,” 1883.

[Found under: “THINGS WISE AND OTHERWISE.”]

The Papa Kuhikuhi, or programme, of the hulas published by order of the Coronation Committee consists of twelve pages, printed on one side, and is the most loathsome and indecent publication that has ever been issued from the press of this country. Continue reading

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Mele by Hiiaka upon leaving Halemaumau, 1894.

[Found under: “He Kaao Hoonaue Puuwai no Puakaohelo”]

Ke ku nei au e hele e
A noho e na wahine o ka lua
O ka poe ino o lakou nei
E mana ka ia’u e hele e
E hele no wau e Continue reading

I wonder if this ever happened, and if it did, if the recordings are still around, 1934.

Genuine Hulas to Be Preserved In Series of Motion Pictures

Aid of modern motion pictures and phonographs will be enlisted to preserve the Hawaiian hula as it was danced in Kalakaua’s days, so that burlesque innovations will not cause the dance to degenerate in years to come, it was announced Monday when Akoni Mika, 68-year-old hula master, arrived here from his home at Keaukaha, Hilo. Continue reading

More on Kapo in the verdure, 1905.

[Found under: “Ka Moolelo o Hiiaka-i-ka-poli-o=pele”]

[Hiiaka and Wahineomao folks come upon a halau filled with men, women, and children, at Wailua Iki. The activity within the halau was hula.]

While they were standing, those inside were dancing hula. The hula being performed at that time was a hula olapa. When they were at a break, Hiiaka chanted, for she saw her cousin, Kapokulani, sitting amongst the verdure. Kapo saw their young alii and her tears began to flow.

THIRTY-FIFTH CHANT OF HIIAKA.

1. Kanikanihia Hikapaloa—e,
2. O ka lai o Wailua-iki,
3. Lai malino a Kapo i noho ai,
4. I noho nanea no i ka lai o Kona,
5. Alo—ha,
6. O kanaenae aloha iho la no ia la,
7. O ka leo,
8. O ka leo ka mea aloha—e,
9. Noho ana Kapo i ka ulu-wehiwehi, Continue reading