We hope you’ve been enjoying our #MeleMonday series highlighting content found in the Roberts Mele Collection. As we near the end of the Welo Hou project, we humbly ask for your feedback via this short survey. Your participation is much appreciated and will help us assess how we can better serve our community moving forward.
Did you see the call for responses for survey from the Welo Hou project (Mele Mondays) from Bishop Museum? The photo below is of Kamehaitu Helela of Hanapepe. She was just one of the many people who shared their knowledge of mele with Helen H. Roberts, who went around the islands in 1923–24 collecting and recording mele.
Feather Cloak and Helmet Gifted to Captain Cook to Return Permanently to Hawaiʻi
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi—An ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet) gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
These cherished items were gifts from Hawaiian Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu to Captain James Cook and have been in Te Papa’s collection since being gifted to the museum in 1912.
Medal Kalakaua I Gave Sam Kamakaia Passed to Bandsman
A silver medal awarded by King Kalakaua to Sam Kamakaia, who died Monday morning at the Queen’s Hospital, who was formerly a member of the Hawaiian Band, is now in the possession on Malulani Beckley Kahea, also a bandsman, to be retained by him until it may be necessary to transfer it to another bandsman, but according to the dying wish of Kamakaia it is eventually to go to the Bishop Museum. Continue reading
Did you see yesterday’s Mele Monday post from Bishop Museum? It was a mele we previously posted a while back. Click here to see the mele (with a little variation) and translation by Mary Kawena Pukui.
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 a o Hawaii nei.
Hakuia e MRS. W. PA.
(Kuokoa, 5/2/1919, p. 3)
FORMER JAILER AND KAMAAINA DIES, AGED 77
J. P. Hale Succumbs to Long Illness, Funeral Held Here Today
J. P. Hale, 77, a well-known kamaaina of Hilo who served as jailer at the Hilo county jail during Sheriff Sam Pua’s administration died at his home at 224 Lanikaula St. at 2:30 a. m. today. Death came as a result of a long illness which caused the deceased to be confined in his bed for many months. Continue reading
S. Nuuhiwa, Famed Kauai Cowboy, Dies
SIMEON KIAAINA NUUHIWA
One more tie with the Islands’ colorful past was cut last week when 69-year-old Simeon Kiaaina Nuuhiwa, white-bearded old time cowboy of Kauai, died here. Continue reading
I have been in a weird funk for a while with all of what is going on in the world. But I just saw that the Welo Hou blog from Bishop Museum is back!
Maybe the museum is closed for a while to the public, but the work still goes on,
Check it out, a prayer for well being! OLA!
Happy Mele Monday!
Flora Hayes is translating letters of Isle kings, queens and princes
By DENBY FAWCETT
Flora Kaai Hayes, who couldn’t pass her academic course at Kamehameha School for Girls in 1913, has become one of the Bishop Museum’s most avid scholars of Hawaiiana.
Mrs. Hayes, a former seven-term member of the Territorial House of Representatives, is translating from Hawaiian the letters of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio.
“I was so mischievous that the officials at Kamehameha wouldn’t pass me fromthe academic department,” she said.
Sneaking off the campus to buy see-moi, cakes, candy and pie for her dormitory pals, who claimed they were starving from the institutional food, was one of her special pranks. Continue reading
Did you see today’s Bishop Museum’s “Mele Monday” post on string figures?
Also, click the link below for a related past post on hei. I wonder what the two pictures look like in the original newspapers. I am guessing that they are much clearer.