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|Beamer comments on chant "Lili`u E."|
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares what she knows about the chant "Lili`u E" and when she learned it from her "Sweetheart Grandma" Helen Desha Beamer.
NONA BEAMER: Well, this one for Lili`u, there were so many for Lili`u, but this was actually written for the baby "Lili`u e noho nani mai," was actually "Kïna`u e noho nani mai." And the composer, Anton Ka`ö`ö, was asked to do a chant for Lili`u, and he didn't have one prepared. So he used the one he had written for the baby Kïna`u and just uh, uh, transposed the name. So Lili`u sits in beautiful fashion uh, to be fondled like a doll, you know. And then you kinda think, yeah, it was written for a baby. Tiny hands, and there are some verses that were left out about the-the small opu. You can't very well talk about that when you speak of the Queen. [CHUCKLES] But the dimpled knees, that's kind of sweet, 'cause it was actually the baby's dimpled knees. M-hm. And the small feet that were lifted up on a footstool. Oh, and at the end, "E ö E Lili`u i kou inoa, ka hae kalaunu o Hawai`i nei"-I think that was written later. And added to it. That she wore the crown of Hawai`i, m-hm. Elegant, elegant.
MAILE LOO: So when did you first learn it?
NONA BEAMER: It was one of the early ones. 'Cause Grandma thought the vocabulary was nice for little girls, and it made us try to be lady-like, and so it was very early on. Maybe five, six years old. M-hm, m-hm. And I always thought that was very appropriate for little girls to learn how to be dainty and graceful, and talk about pretty things, pretty hands and pretty feet. [CHUCKLES]
|Beamer performs Hula Ali`i "Lili`u E."|
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In this clip, Auntie Nona chants and dances a Hula Ali`i (dance for royalty) for Queen Lili`uokalani. She adds the "E ö" verse at the end and an "eala" and is accompanied by hänai daughter Maile Loo.
`Ae, Lili`u e noho nani mai
Lili`u e noho nani mai
Ko kino ë ki`i milimili
Ko maka ë nöweo wale
Ko päpälina e kuku ana e
Ko po`ohiwi ani pe`ahi
Ko poli ë nahenahe wale
Ko kuli ë nuku moi oe
Ko wäwae kau mai i luna e
Ha`ina `ia mai ana kapuana e
Lili`u e noho nani mai
E ö e Lili`u i kou inoa
Ka hae kalaunu o Hawai`i nei
Eala eala ea, a i e - a
He inoa no Lili`uokalani