Biographical Research Center

Interview with Kalena Silva 11/16/2001 tape 2

Interview with Kalena Silva, former student of Maʻiki Aiu Lake, recorded on November 16, 2001 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Maiki Aiu Lake. Topics include the meanings and differences between hula kahiko and hula ʻauana, whether or not changes in Hawaiian culture should be considered an "evolution" or a "degradation," the relationship between chant and dance in hula, how Hawaiian hula practitioners in the 1930s and 1940s reconciled their Christian beliefs with the practice of hula, how Aiu Lake reconciled Christianity and hula practices, where this particular tension arises from in the Hawaiian community, the nature of Aiu Lake's charisma, Mary Kawena Pukui and her importance in Aiu Lake's life, how serious hula dancers of the 1930s and 1940s felt about dancing in Waikīkī for tourists, and how this issue continues to play out in the modern hula world.

Languages: English


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