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Hula Lineage:
Emma Sharpe (older sister) Emma' teacher: Kauhai Likua (Maui)

Comments on Own Hula Training:
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First Hula Memory:
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Edna Farden Bekeart
Kahana, 2002
In this clip, Auntie Edna shares her earliest hula memories.
Length: 2:49

EDNA FARDEN BEKEART: You know, in those days, um, when Hawai`i became a possession of the United States, everything, I mean, went fast forward. You had to stop speaking Hawaiian, you had to learn English. Don't dance the hula, it's lascivious, it's-you know, the missionary attitude at that time. And um, so nobody was doing anything Hawaiian. But um, the hula went underground. People were still doing it, you know, in country places. Like Lahaina. Yeah. And at Puamana, you know, they-we used to have hula dancing there. But um...not the uh, sacred dances.

As a child, maybe I would say about four or five years old, six years old, I remember seeing my mother and other women doing the hula ku`i. Yeah. That's what they danced. And um…not the hula with motions that tell a story. That came later. But in the country places like this, they would have Hawaiian music and dance this hula ku`i. You know, with that flair. And then they-the men would um, get in and do the same thing, like a teasing, you know, um, a flirtatious kind of dance. And everybody would shout and clap and you know, and sing and um, enjoy the-the couple um, doing the hula together. Like I say, it was a flirtatious thing. But as a four-year-old and a five-year-old watching my mother, I did not like it. I was stunned. [CHUCKLES] You know. Um, because-I don't know. I guess it was my mother. But it was-it was something that was done at home. You know. But it was my mother and my-my dad doing it. Some men, some other person in the-or guest would get up and dance. My dad was not a dancer anyway. So um, I was really shocked to see this. But I know, to witness this was really something. M-hm.

MAILE LOO: So your mom never had any formal hula training? She would just do what you called ku`i?

EDNA FARDEN BEKEART: Oh, no she...that was just made up. She never did dance. She was not a dancer at all. No. Very-raised very proper. Yeah. In other words, you know, they-mothers of that time didn't allow their children, their daughters to dance the hula. And even in our time, you know, we were not encouraged to dance hula. Yeah.

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