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February 2015 Blog Posts (2)

How the Ukulele Came to Hawaii

The ukulele is usually associated with Hawaiian music. But, before the haole (white) missionaries came to Hawaii, the Hawaiians knew very little about melody. They performed solo chants without any accompaniment for ceremonies and rituals with a monotone voice. Hawaiians also used pahu (drums), double gourds (ipu heke), or uliuli (gourd rattles), and also slapped their hands on their chests (pai umauma) to accompany dancers. The ukulele came much later.…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on February 12, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

The True Beginnings of the Hula

Today, the hula is associated with a dance often including long mu’umu’us, grass skirts and leis as a form of entertainment at a dinner or show. That is only a minute part of the whole picture. In its earliest forms, the hula was a form of worship performed in a temple in honor of the Gods, and under the…

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Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika (Lute) on February 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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