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Mele Hawaii : The Kalākaua Family

This program focuses on the contribution to Hawaiian music by the Kalākaua family, with performances of the mele (song) they composed as well as mele written to honor them. The Kalākaua family consists of King Kalākaua, Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku, Princess Miriam Likelike and Queen Liliʻuokalani who were all accomplished composers. Mele performed includes Kalākaua, Ninipo, Iā ʻOe E Ka Lā, Kāua i Ka Huahuaʻi, Moanikeʻala, Maikaʻi Waipiʻo, ʻĀinahau, Lanakila ke Kaʻa Ahi Aliʻi, Ka ʻŌiwi Nani, and Kaulana Nā Pua [Mele ʻAi Pohaku]. Performers include Hālau O Na Pua Kukui under the direction of Kumu Ed Collier with chanting by Kawai Cockett; The Hawaiian Isle Serenaders Kekua Fernandes, Darrell Lupenui, and Kealii Joy; Charles K.L. Davis; Leimomi Maldonado; The King Kamehameha Hawaiian Civic Club with musical director Ellen Noa and torch bearer Moses Kalauokalani; Hui Opio Dancers with Kumu Henry Pa; Nakupuna Wahine [Nakupuna Serenaders] featuring Irmgard Aluli, Thelma Anahu, Healani Doane, Diane Fernandes, Elizabeth Flateau, and Milla Yap. Recorded on August 4, 1974.

Languages: English

Genres

  • Music

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