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Interview with Puakea Nogelmeier 12/7/2001 tape 1

Interview with Puakea Nogelmeier, former student of Maʻiki Aiu Lake, recorded on December 7, 2001 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Maiki Aiu Lake. Topics include why it is hard to define the notion of "traditional" hula, the types of hula danced today, the origin and meaning of the term "hula kuʻi," the state of the Hawaiian community and culture at the start of the 20th century, the causes and types of divisions within the Hawaiian community at the start of the 20th century, the role of economics in possibly helping or hindering early 20th century Hawaiian cultural traditions, the concept of "hānai" and how it differs from the Western concept of adoption, the particular circumstances of Aiu Lake's own hānai adoption, the meaning of the dance styles "hula pahu" and "hula kapu" and why they have periodically become frowned upon by some segments of the Hawaiian community, the reasons behind the vilification of other ancient Hawaiian cultural practices, the connotations and interpretations of the deity "Po" and the sense and effect of the "ominous" in Hawaiian storytelling.

Languages: English


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