MAKANANI AKIONA


Hula Kahiko: "Huapala Hula."  Thursday Night, April 28, entry #10


Everything in its place vs. Everything has a price

Who could doubt the temperament of a mele whose opening verse expresses love for the banana-eating sweetheart of Ke‘anae and whose composer, in verses two and three, identifies himself as the kūkōpiko-soothing lā‘au of Ku‘ukāpili? The imagery here is natural, lush, and highly suggestive. We have huapala (ripe fruit, trumpet vine, sweetheart), pōpō‘ulu (one of the few varieties of banana that women were traditionally allowed to eat), keiki lā‘au (forest child, the little wood), pohu (calmed, soothed), ha‘alulu wai neki (reed-water trembling), and a trio of proper nouns that speak of passionate attraction: Kawelo (the fluttering, the progeny), Kūkōpiko (piko arousal), and Ku‘ukāpili (my fitting-together)...  Read the entire essay >>


Oli:  "He Ua i Pono ē, Pono ia Ua"

Ka‘i:  "Ho‘opuka e ka Lā ma ka Hikina"

Hoi:  "Ho‘i ē, Ho‘i lā"



Hula ‘Auana: "Nani Wale Ke‘anae."  Thursday Night, April 28, entry #10


It reaches across the years and embraces its people in downpour and fragrance

For all their apparent warmth and inclusivity, the best-known Maui compositions of Alice Johnson are pōhaku kū, carefully placed anchor-stones that hold down her old-timer’s ‘ikena of the island in the middle of the current-tossed 20th century. “Aloha ‘Ia nō ‘o Maui” secures, in song and memory, the traditional epithets of beloved wahi pana (“Nā hono a‘o Pi‘ilani,” “ke kai holuholu o Kahului,” “Kepaniwai o ‘Īao," and “Kilikila o Haleakalā”) at a time when the character of these places is first tested by the uapo, ala nui, and ever-visiting malihini of the tour industry... Read the entire essay >>


Ka‘i and Ho‘i: "Hanohano ‘o Maui"

Musicians: Hui Wai Anuhea o ka ‘Awapuhi (Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Richard Heirakuji, Glen Smith, Kala‘i Ontai)






Above: Makanani Akiona, our ‘Elele Miki Hula Aloha (Miss Aloha Hula Delegate) in this year's MM Festival.  Left: Kumu Māpuana de Silva.  Photos: David Taylor Photography, next to Cinnammon's in Kailua.

Mahu‘i Ho‘i Au e ‘Ike Lihi

A Preview of HMI's Merrie Monarch 2011

WĀHINE


Hula Kahiko: "Aloha Hōnaunau."  Friday Night, April 29, entry #25


"Let more famous chanters beat their own drums; this one is ours, tis ours, indeed"

I began writing this mele with the idea of commemorating, for my daughters, our family’s kulāiwi relationship with Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau, a relationship that stems from my mother’s ties, through her mother, to the founders and keepers of Hale o Keawe. What started as a little haku mele project turned into a fairly major piece of research and writing, the most inspiring outcome of which was my discovery of Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s role in the history of the pu‘uhonua. I learned that Charles Reed Bishop acquired the ahupua‘a of Hōnaunau in 1867...  Read the entire essay >>


Oli:  "Ka Nalu Nui"

Ka‘i and Ho‘i:  "Kīlaulani"

Oli:  "Haki ‘Ōpu‘u"



Hula ‘Auana: "Ka Hanu Pua Mokihana."  Saturday Night, April 30, entry #25


It breathes mokihana-life into the next generation of Aunty Maiki's line

Back in the late 1970s, Norman Nakamoto came up with what we would call today a Field of Dreams idea. He wanted to hold an outdoor hula and Hawaiian music concert at his CYO Camp Hau‘ula. He would call it Nā Mele o Hau‘ula, and it would happen every August in the blazing sun, ninety minutes from town, on a palm-bunted plywood stage built under the false kamani trees of the former Fathers of the Sacred Hearts Seminary. Who the heck will show up? his detractors asked. But Norman held it anyway, and Hawaiians, especially young Hawaiians, came.... Read the entire essay >>


Ka‘i and Ho‘i: "Ke ‘Ala Ka‘u i Honi"

Musicians: Hui Wai Anuhea o ka ‘Awapuhi (Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Richard Heirakuji, Glen Smith, Kala‘i Ontai)






The HMI Merrie Monarch class. Back: Nanea Lindsey, Kahikina de Silva (kumu hula), Kapuahelani Sterling, Pōhai Pao, Lili‘u Tomasello, Jerilyn Hanohano, Momilani Ramolete, Puakenamu Leong, Kila‘ana Miyamura. Middle: Daiva Yee, Miala Leong, Kanoe Jeremiah, Māpuana de Silva (kumu hula), Kaleohano Shinagawa, Kailana Milne, Lilinoe Sterling, Mahinakauahiahi Gamayo. Front: Ku‘umomimakamae Borges, Kapalai‘ula de Silva, Makanani Akiona, Kamana‘okūpa‘a Ching.  Photo: David Taylor Photography.

Photo courtesy of Momi Palmieri