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Celebrate 25: In Retrospect PAU HANA YEARS : Edith Kanakaʻole parts 1 and 2

Rebroadcast in 1991 as part of the station's "Celebrate 25: In Retrospect" series, this two-part episode of Pau Hana Years features Edith Kanakaʻole, her music and hula. Kanakaʻole was an accomplished cultural practitioner, composer, entertainer, educator, lecturer, and coordinator of Hawaiian language studies at University of Hawaiʻi Hilo. Both parts of the program include hula peformances, mele (song) and oli by Kanakaʻole; her daughters, Nalani and Pualani; and grandchildren. In part one Kanakaʻole talks with host Bob Barker about her childhood living on the homestead in Keaukaha and her family life, and the mele and oli they perform. Mele include: "Kuhio Bay," an oli for Hanakahi, "Ho'opuka," "Ke Welina," "Kololo," "Pua Ai Lehua Ka Makani," a song for Kalākaua about the sewing machine, "Maluakiʻiwaikealoha," a Mele maʻi for Kamehameha, and "Ka Uluwehi o Ke Kai." In part two Kanakaʻole talks with host Bob Barker about hosting and entertaining First Lady Mrs. Nixon and at another time the Tongan queen; her teaching efforts including the ʻohana system; and a segment with Kanakaʻole talking story in Hawaiian with her grandchildren including Kekuhi Kanahele. Mele include "He Moku o Ka ʻUla," "Kamapuaa," and "Hilo March."

Languages: English, Hawaiian


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