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Beamer tells story of chant "Ke Ha`ala Puna."
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona tells the story of the first hula in Big Island tradition, "Ke Ha`ala Puna."
Length: 1:54

NONA BEAMER: One of my favorite, Ke Ha`ala Puna. Well, it's a sweet story of the first hula. I mean, in Big Island tradition. [CHUCKLES] Of course, our family tradition. This was the first hula performed. Of course, Moloka`i people have their first, Kaua`i people [CHUCKLES]. But this is the Big Island first. And it's from the uh, Pele story. That uh, one day, Pele was bored. So she calls all of her sisters, you know, to come to do something for her. And one by one, the sisters declined, except Hi`iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele. And she has a hula that her dear friend, the poetess Höpoe had taught her. And she performs this for Pele. So the story is that Hi`iaka and her friend Höpoe are walking along the Puna coast. It's a beautiful day. So Höpoe says, Look, Puna is dancing in the wind. Oh, the hala groves are trembling. And as she's chanting it, she's doing the motions. And Hi`iaka's so enthralled. She says, Oh, teach me, teach me. And that was the birth of the first hula. "Ke ha`ala Puna i ka makani. Ha`a ka ulu hala i Ke`eau. Ha`a Hä`ena me Höpoe. Ha`a ka wahine `oni i kai o Nänähuki. Hula le`a wale. " Oh, they do this joyous dance at the sea of Nänähuki. Sweet story, huh? We have been doing the chant for so long, you know. And uh, my son Kaliko said, Well, if we're going to put it toward the end of the program, maybe we should bring it into contemporary style. So that's when I wrote the little melody, and we put it into the uh, `ukulele. [CHUCKLES]

MAILE LOO: Well, it's fun to sing.

NONA BEAMER: It is fun. And it does bridge the old world and the new. M-hm.


Beamer performs Hula Ki`i "Ke Ha`a Ala Puna".
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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
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona performs the story of the first hula in Big Island tradition, "Ke Ha`a Ala Puna" as a Hula Ki`i, or puppet hula. Verse 1 is performed as kahiko first, followed by an `auana melody which she wrote. She is accompanied by her hänai daughter Maile Loo.
Length: 1:49

Auntie Nona changes the word "`ami" to "`oni" in the chant.

Ke ha`a ala Puna i ka makani

Ke ha`a ala Puna i ka makani
Ha`a ka ulu hala i Kea`au
Ha`a Hä`ena me Höpoe
Ha`a ka wahine `oni i kai o Nänähuki
Hula le`a wale i kai o Nänähuki
Hula le`a wale i kai o Nänähuki e-----


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