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Beamer comments on her favorite entrance dance .
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona tells the story of her favorite "Ho`opuka" entrance chant and some of the possible deeper meanings.
Length: 1:10

MAILE LOO: So what was-what is the story of "Ho`opuka"?

NONA BEAMER: Uh, like the uh, Hi`iaka series, where the ... the sun is coming from the east. And that's out by the east end of Big Island, like Kumukahi, uh, where the lighthouse is. Where the sun strikes first in the early morning, and then the sun travels uh, to you know, the islands. Uh-huh. Um ... it's kinda prophetic, you know, where the waters are churning and the waves get bigger, and-and there's some impending uh, um, storm coming. And it might be um ... suggesting maybe some omen. Not just the weather, but it may be something of the character of people or -it's hard to know exactly what the author had in mind. But it seems that there's a depth of meaning, different layers, you know. I wonder if we'll ever understand all these layers of meaning


Beamer and Loo perform a Hula Ka`i.
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THIS PERFORMANCE CLIP IS PROVIDED FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO SERVE AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL FOR ONE TO LEARN THE DANCE. PROPER PROTOCOL REQUIRES YOU SPEAK TO THE KUMU TO REQUEST PERMISSION.
Nona Beamer and Maile Loo
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona chants as hänai daughter Maile Loo shares the Hula Ka`i (entrance dance) that she taught her, entitled "Ho`opuka Ë Ka Lä i Kai o Unulau."
Length: 1:07

`Ae, Ho`opuka ë ka lä i kai o Unulau

Ho`opuka ë ka lä i kai o Unulau
E lulumi ana nä `ale o Kaunä
Hakihaki käkala mai ana e ka `ino
Ho`opuka ë ka lä i ka lehua o Pana`ewa
Puka hele i kai o Külili i ka ua
I ka papa lohi o `Äpua
I ka papa a ka Papaakanënë la
`Oie aie `oie aie e - ë - ë - a

He inoa no Hi`iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele


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