Category Archives: hula

SONGS: ʻUla Nōweo

Did you ever pause to wonder what you are not getting when you buy a CD with a remastered recording like this one? Come to think of it, when was the last time you actually saw a 45rpm vinyl disk? Record … Continue reading

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on my mind: Music @ Merrie Monarch 2013 1

Merrie Monarch is always a multi-sensory feast. Of course, we see hula. Folks there get to enjoy the fragrance of all the lei onstage and off. And we are treated to group after group of live music. The question is: … Continue reading

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‘Ike Kumu (Sources of Foundational Knowledge) — Kulia i ka Punawai Hula Camp 2013

Aloha kākou!  Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai (Kumu Hula Association of Southern California) held its FOURTH annual Hula Camp last weekend at Grindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu. Over 170 happy campers joined nearly 20 kumu hula (and their token academic) for … Continue reading

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on my mind . . . kuleana !

“Thatʻs your kuleana.” Translation: Thatʻs your responsibility. Thatʻs your thing. Thatʻs what youʻre supposed to do. Thatʻs your obligation. Thatʻs your contribution. Thatʻs your piece of the puzzle. Thatʻs your arena. Thatʻs your domain. Thatʻs your part of the whole. … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B Fall 2010: HULA

From Ancient to Modern. From kuahu to ʻauana. Here we go! A. HULA PAHU There are many excellent recordings to choose from. The CD Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants (Smithsonian Folkways SF-40015) makes available important historical recordings by chanters Kuluwaimaka, Pua … Continue reading

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SONGS: Kawika

One of the dances that virtually every hula student learns at some point in her or his dancing days. Usually as a hula kahiko–ancient hula. But also performed as a modern hula ‘auana, too. The mele has all of the … Continue reading

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Hula Ku‘i & Hula ‘Ōlapa–The “Crossovers”

When talking about “ancient hula” and “modern hula,” some folks like to draw an impenetrable boundary between the two categories. Ancient hula uses traditional percussive instruments  to accompany the standing dances–ipu, pahu. Modern hula uses stringed instruments to accompany dances. … Continue reading

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SONGS: ‘Alika

As a scholar and researcher, I have had many opportunities to see and hear many different sources of information. Since I began blogging about Hawaiian music last August (2009), it has become more evident that this blog is a great … Continue reading

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Hula Ku‘i Songs

The hula ku‘i is the innovative “modern” hula that debuted in the late 1800s, particularly during the reign of King David Kalākaua (r. 1874-1891). Among the hula performances at ‘Iolani Palace during his reigh,  King Kalākaua‘s coronation ceremony in February … Continue reading

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‘Ukulele Trio Music

‘Ukulele trio . . . hula music . . . hula ku‘i songs . . . Hula dancers love to dance. Hula teachers know, however, that not all CDs or all songs are equally suitable for hula dancing. Some of … Continue reading

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