Biographical Research Center

Interview with Kalena Silva 11/16/2001 tape 1

Interview with Kalena Silva, former student of Maʻiki Aiu Lake, recorded on Novermber 16, 2001 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Maiki Aiu Lake. Topics include the definition of "traditional" hula, the different styles of hula that are danced today, the state of the Hawaiian community and Hawaiian culture in the early 20th century, how the Hawaiian community responded to political annexation, the influence of the increased American presence on Hawaiian cultural practices, the definition of the word hānai and how it differs from Western notions of adoption, the meanings of hula kapu and hula pahu, why hula kapu was frowned upon during the time of Aiu Lake's childhood, how the hula survived in the 19th century, Kalākaua's role in the preservation of hula, the development of hula ʻōlapa and hula kuʻi, the meaning of "authenticity" within the context of hula and Aiu Lake's motivations in including Hawaiian religious practices within the hula realm.

Languages: English


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