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Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

Various Artists
Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

In the eastern Polynesian islands known as Hawaii, the making of music and dance is center on mele or chanted texts. Mele, sung alone, are said to be performed in the oli style (without dance or musical instruments). When coupled with hula (dance), they are called mele hula, and when the pahu drum is added the performance is called mele hula pahu. More specific terms are also applied to mele that are used for specific purposes such as processionals, prayers, and naming.

The practice of perpetuating tradition through the teacher-student relationship is strong in Hawaiian mele. Performers’ styles are recognized, back through time, in their teacher’s, and their teachers’ teacher’s styles. These recordings give a view of several performance styles of Hawaiian mele between 1923 and 1989, although the traditions and the mele reach much further back in time.

Track Listing

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Mele Pule Emily Kau'i Zuttermeister 1:09
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Mele Kāhea Hau'olionalani Lewis 0:30
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Mele Komo Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis 0:22
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Kau ka hali'a I ka manawa / Kaulīlua I ke anu Wai'ale'ale (medley) Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 3:15
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Aloha e ke kai o Kalalau Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 1:36
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Hanohano ka uka o Pilanakalani Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 1:47
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Noho ana ke akua i ka nāhelehele Brenda Lehua Hulihe'e 0:31
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Ke ala ke aloha ma ka hikina Anthony La'akapu Lenchanko 0:33
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Ku'u wahine i ka ua 'Ulalena Charles Albert Manu'aikohanaiki'ilili Boyd 2:34
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Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale James Kapihe Pālea Kuluwaimaka 1:20
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O 'oe 'ia e Wailua'iki/Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Samuel Pua Ha'aheo 2:43
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Kau ka hali'a i ka manawa/Au'a 'ia e Kama e kona moku Samuel Pua Ha'aheo 2:28
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'Eia o Kalani Kamanomano Keahi Luahine 0:38
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Ke akua i ka uwalo i ka la'i e/'Eia o Kalani Kamanomano Mary Kawena Pukui 1:16
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Ke akua i ka uwalo i ka la'i e/A Hāmakua au 'ike i ka pali Hoakalei Kamau'u 2:11
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'Ūlei pahu i ka moku Waiwaiole Kala 0:37
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'Ūlei pahu i ka moku Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 1:08
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Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Keaka Kanahele 2:28
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Au'a 'ia e kama e kona moku Keaka Kanahele 1:23
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Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 1:55
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Au'a 'ia e kama e kona moku Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 0:40
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Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Mary Kawena Pukui 1:59
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A Ko'olau au 'ike i ka ua Ka'upena Wong 2:25
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A Ko'olau au 'ike i ka ua Hoakalei Kamau'u 1:40
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Kū'oe i ka'u wahi 'Ōhelo Tom Hiona 1:56
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