Pacific Islanders in Communications

Interview with Kumu Hula Pualani Kanakaʻole-Kanahele #1

Interview with Kumu Hula Pualani Kanakaʻole-Kanahele conducted by Catherine Tatge and Dominique Lasseur for Holo Mai Pele. The interview focuses on the relationship between sisters Pelehonuamea [Pele] and Hiʻiakaikapoliopele [Hiʻiaka]. Their story of family loyalty and responsibility and growth of land and life serves as the basis for Holo Mai Pele, the epic tale performed by Hālau o Kekuhi under the direction of Kumu Pualani Kanakaʻole-Kanahele and Kumu Nālani Kanakaʻole. The Kanakaʻole family has preserved the hula, oli, and mele of Pele and Hiʻiaka for generations, through Hālau o Kekuhi. Kanakaʻole explains hālau hula as a school to learn hula; she also explains the protocols and processes of learning and perpetuation of hula through the hālau.

Languages: English


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