Author Archives: amykstillman

Is hula choreography intellectual property?

The blog “Ae Love Hula” has a thoughtful post about the lawsuit in Japan that sought to stop unauthorized use of a kumu hulaʻs choreography. The decision, favor of the kumu hula, recognizes an important principle:  that the choreography created … Continue reading

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Aloha ʻOe – Kawaiahao Seminary Quartet

Mahalo a nui to record collector Ryan Erickson who posted this recording on his YouTube channel then shared it with the Facebook group Hawaiian Music From The Golden Age. This is one of four recordings this group made for Victor … Continue reading

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Wai – Waiwai – Waipuna

Waipunaʻs self-titled release (Poki SP-9089) celebrates the groupʻs 10th anniversary. Originally a duo of Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi came on board by the time of the groupʻs EP, Nāpili, released in 2013. Their 2014 release, E Mau … Continue reading

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Take 5: Hiʻilawe

Aloha Dear Readers!  Iʻve been intensely going through over 100 commercially-released recordings of the song “Hiʻilawe.” Here are my personal picks (in no particular order): Lito Arkangel. All 13 verses, rendered in beautiful Hawaiian pronunciation. From the CD me ke … Continue reading

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Asleep at the Wheel?

Aloha, Dear Readers! Where did 2017 go? Wow, blink, and . . . <poof> kokoke i nalowale! I am enjoying a sabbatical leave from teaching paid in service to my department and university. I am finally getting into a writing … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Recordings in the National Jukebox: A Chronological View

The National Jukebox, presented by the Library of Congress, includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Sony Music Entertainment, which now owns the recordings, has granted the Library of Congress a … Continue reading

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Hawaiian recordings in the National Jukebox

About the NATIONAL JUKEBOX: The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for … Continue reading

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Take 5: Noho Paipai

Hello Dear Readers! Iʻm working on the song “Noho Paipai.” Itʻs one of the songs in my critical edition project. The lyrics were published in 1946 in a collection of John Almeidaʻs songs, with translations by Mary Kawena Pukui. Among … Continue reading

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Recording Studios from Honolulu’s past

Originally posted on Aloha Got Soul:
From July 7 through July 9, 2017, the Smithsonian Asian American Pacific Center will host ʻAe Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence at the former Foodland space in Ala Moana Center. The 3-day art exhibition features…

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E Mau Ke Ea o Ka ʻĀina

Jon Osorioʻs powerful 2010 commentary in Honolulu Civil Beat is making the rounds on social media once again. Speaking of Hawaiian conceptions of independence, Jon offers a powerful statement on ea: Independence — ea — for us was a basic right … Continue reading

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