Late Summer Festival 指導者


Kapua Dalire-Moe

●My Sweet Pikake Lei
A newly composed mele is special because it reminds us to appreciate the beauty of hawaii. Mele speaks of a favorite hiking trail that I often take my children on and at the end is a beautiful waterfall.

●He Lei Makana
it’s a special song written by my sister for my halau! I have grown very fond of this mele and enjoy sharing it with people.

●Ka ulu wehi o ke Kai
I learned this song as a child and it has always been a favorite.

●Lei Ho’oheno
The Pikake is my mother favorite flower and Lei Pikake is a mele I enjoy.
It reminds me of how special she is and how delicate time is with loved ones.

Tracie Lopes & Keawe Lopes

●Aloha Nu’uanu
This song is a composition of Emma Honuaiwa Halemanu Paishon. Aloha Nu‘uanu takes us on a journey to the valley of Nu‘uanu; the roadway which is frequented daily, the mist which is a symbol of those things that are gentle and light, the scent of ginger blossoms, the beauty of Moelana and the famed waterfall that lightly sprays the cliffs above.

Reason: We chose this mele because since moving to the Windward side of the island, we travel more often on this very verdant, beautiful road. Tracie works at Hawaii Pacific University so this area connects the two campuses on which she works. Keawe has always loved this area as well.

●Mahalo E Mānoa
Mahalo E Mānoa is a composition written in tribute of the valley of Mānoa, more importantly it honors Halelani, the home of our beloved Kumu Hula Kimo Alama Keaulana. The composition pays tribute to the famous sister rain known as the Tuahine rain. It honors Akaaka, the mountain at the back of the valley graced in the astonishing low-lined rainbow. The great Ka‘ahumanu also made residence here in Mānoa and so the mele pays homage to her domain as well.

Reason: This is a composition of Keawe and we want to share it with others. We also love the valley of Mānoa very much because this is where we both went to the University.

●Kani ‘U’ina / Nani Wa’iale’ale Medly
These mele takes us the island of Kaua‘i and honor the beauty of its’ picturesque scenery: The rolling waterfalls of Nāmolokama, the majestic Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, the fragrance of the mokihana and the laua‘e ferns and the famed limu of Manu‘akepa. Mele such as these express the love the residences of Kaua‘i have for their home island.

Reason: We chose this mele because it is an implement and mele hula mix. Students will need their pū‘ili for this workshop. It is upbeat and when performing implement, it challenges the student to be light on their feet and to encourage coordination, rhythm and timing. We were taught that hula implement were a necessary part of ones hula repertoire and we enjoy it very much.

Alice Namakelua credits Reverend William Makaehu for this mele however Kimo Alama Keaulana explains that it was told to him by Aunty Annie Irvine that this mele was composed for a cousin of hers by a Catholic priest who had fallen in love with her. Uncle Kimo explains that the priest confessed his love for this beautiful woman with this mele.
Reason: We chose this mele because it has become a very popular mele and hula in recent years. It recognizes a deep love from one to another. Even though this love could not be shared, its poetry is a beautiful testament to the love within.

Ka’ilihiwa Vaughan

●Maile Swing
In 1946, O’ahu born John Kameaaloha Almeida composed this mele telling of the lei of maile, turned and knotted, carrying within the significance or “kaona” of personal ties and relationships. He compares the fragrant maile with a loved one.

I chose this mele to share for the simple fact that it is a good fun mele and is guaranteed to make you smile. It has been performed at several competitions and will continue to be a part of our Hālau reptoire.

●Ka Lehua I Milia
Composed by Kawena Pūkuʻi this time honored mele speaks of the joys of love. A special person compared to beautiful Lehua blossom caressed by the misty rain. A flower lovely to behold and a love that stirs the heart.

This is a hula favorite. The melody to this mele is just as fulfilling as the words to the song. Its always joyful to dance mele that have connection to myself.

●Kaimukī Hula
This favorite mele with a “snappy” tune was composed in the 1940ʻs by Alice M. Rickard who resided in Kaimukī, Oʻahu. The focus of this mele is not completely about the area Kaimukī, but more so about “the blowing of the wind” (the talk and gossip carried upon the wind). Perhaps Kaimukī was a meeting place for two lovers, and “Ka Makani” is a veiled meaning for the gossip that brings the “waimaka” (tears).

This mele is a favorite of mine. It has been a part of Hālau since the beginning… we always enjoy sharing this mele.

●Kipu Kai
Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi was a very dear friend as well as a frequent guest of John T. “Jack” Waterhouse, at his ranch called, “Kipu Kai” which stood below Hāʻupu on Kuahonu cove. It was during one of her visits while compiling her Hawaiian Dictionary that she was inspired to compose this mele and penned this song in his (Johnʻs) guest book. The song reflects not only the beauty and tranquil atmosphere of the area, but more so, expresses the warm friendship and hospitality between two friends.

This mele reminds me of when we entered our first hula compeition. The Mokihana Festival on the island of Kauaʻi. Whenever I fly into Kauaʻi I always look for Kipu Kai and Hāʻupu. Such a beautiful place and an amazing island.

2014 年 7 月 8 日