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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