SARAH KAPUAHELANI STERLING


Hula Kahiko: "‘Auhea Wale ‘Oe e Kahalakea."  Thursday Night, April 24, entry #4.


This mele was inspired by my reading of “Ka Moolelo no Kamaakamahiai,” the story of a Maui-born kupua child who, after putting his own island to rights, journeys to Ka‘ōhao, Kailua, where he helps Olopana to regain control of O‘ahu, marries Olopana’s daughter Keoholupa-lupa, returns to Maui to quell the rebellion of his own brother Mana‘o, helps the ali‘i of Hawai‘i (Nālualele) and Kaua‘i (Manōuli, his grandfather) to regain control of their islands, and – now an old man – gives the nod of approval to his great-grandson Olopana II whose turn has come to take up the legacy of bringing order to the land.  Read the entire essay >>


Oli:  "Ua Pihaku‘i Loko i ka ‘Oli‘oli.”

Ka‘i:  "Ho‘opuka e ka Lā i Kai o Mālei.”

Hoi:  "Ho‘i ē, Ho‘i lā."



Hula ‘Auana: “Kaulana nā Kona.”  Thursday Night, April 24, entry #4.


At some point in the ten-year reign of 49th State Records, George Ching invited Maile Kā and the Kona Serenaders into his Mānoa living room and had them sing Alice Kū’s “Kaulana nā Kona” into his portable disc cutter. Despite the low-brow nature of Ching’s at-home studio and the brief, 1948-’58 life of his record company, “so great was his output that, 20 years after it ceased production, more than 40 repackaged albums and 250 re-pressed 45 rpm singles still were commercially available.”  Many of Ching’s recordings, especially those featuring Genoa Keawe and Ching’s musical director Johnny Almeida... Read the entire essay >>


Ka‘i and Ho‘i: "Ho‘okena."

Musicians: Nā Hoa (Ikaika Blackburn, Halehaku Seabury-Akaka, Keoni Souza) with Manu Boyd.

Above: Kapuahelani Sterling, 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.

I Kuleleiwi ‘Ole Ai Ka Nohona

A Preview of HMI's Merrie Monarch 2014

The HMI Merrie Monarch class. Row 1: Makanani Akiona, Kahikina de Silva, Mahina Gann, Pualani Steele, Ku‘ulei Rezentes. Row 2: Rachel Gamayo, Puanani Connelly, Māpuana de Silva, Mahinakauahiahi Gamayo, Kila‘ana Miyamura, Kailana Milne.  Row 3: Kanoe Jeremiah-Clarke, Nanea Lindsey, Kayla Brun, Pololei Sim, Momilani Ramolete, Kaleohano Shinagawa.  Row 4: Kapalai‘ula de Silva, Puakenamu Leong, Kapuahelani Sterling, Jessi Botti, Lil‘iu Tomasello, Lilinoe Sterling, Miala Leong, Hōkū Morikawa.  Photo: David Taylor Photography.

WĀHINE


Hula Kahiko: "Kākuhihewa (Aia i Honolulu Ku‘ Pōhaku).”   Friday Night, April 25, entry #27.


This is the second of a pair of enigmatic chants composed by several (or a solitary) riddle-making haku mele of the 19th century whose ability to hide specific meaning in the imagery of stones, birds, blossoms, maile, and sea-spray leaves us shaking our heads in wonder. “Kuailo!”1 we mutter, at every twist and turn.  The first mele of this pair is addressed to “Kamakaiouli” (Lot Kaupuaiwa Kamakaiouli Kamehameha). It begins with: “Aia i Honolulu kuu pohaku / O Kealohilani kuu haku ia,” and it ends with: “Hea aku no wau o mai oe / O Kamakaiouli kou inoa.” The other is addressed to “Kākuhihewa”... Read the entire essay >>


Oli:  "He Inoa no Kūnuiakea."

Ka‘i:  "Ho‘opuka e ka Lā i Kai o Mālei.”

Ho‘i:  "Mekila e nā ‘Iwa".



Hula ‘Auana: "Kuilima Hula."  Saturday Night, April 26, entry #27.


I was born in the Marconi area on May 10, 1887. My maiden name was Kainanui, and my father was a former chief of the village. The only good swimming area at Kahuku was Kalokoiki, the cove next to the hotel. All of the old-timers went there. The point the hotel is on is called Kuilima Point now, but Kuilima is an inland name for the plains area around the highway bridge that says “Kuilima.” The correct name of the point is Kalaeokaunu. The smaller point on the other side of the cove is Kalaeokamanu. I composed a song entitled “Kuilima” that mentions some of the special places in Kahuku, including Kalokoiki, but it hasn’t been recorded. Kuilima means “to walk hand-in-hand.” – Emily Blanchard, February 9, 1973.”  Read the entire essay >>


Ka‘i and Ho‘i: "Hanohano Hale‘iwa."

Musicians: Nā Hoa (Ikaika Blackburn, Halehaku Seabury-Akaka, Keoni Souza).