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Beamer comments on chidren's chant "Ke Ao Nani."
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu,1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona gives background on the chant "Ke Ao Nani."
Length: 1:35

NONA BEAMER: Well, this was written by Kawena Puku`i for children. And the reason I have enjoyed it so much, it kind of sets the general stage for nature, the horizon, the land, the sea, the air and the sky. So, up above, the birds. Down below, the flowers grow. In the mountains, trees grow tall. In the sea, fishes swim. And I always add the word, quietly [WHISPERS]. 'Cause it's nice to have quiet in the classroom. The fishes swim, quietly [WHISPERS]. This is the song of our beautiful world. And we do it as a hula `ili`ili. Actually, we have done it with the different instruments. Like you would set a formal table, you know. The things you would use right away close, and then uh, the `ul`ul, the ipu far away. Uh-huh. So you start. Well, the `ili`ili is a favorite. Sometimes a little difficult for children. And for the babies, I just use two, one in each hand. You know. So they'll say, Up above, birds fly. Down below, flowers grow. In the mountains, trees grow tall. In the sea, fishes swim. Quietly [LAUGHS].


Beamer performs Hula `Ili`Ili "Ke Ao Nani."
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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 dances a standing Hula `Ili`ili (dance with water-worn pebbles) to a chant about the beautiful world, written by Mary Kawena Puku`i.
Length: 2:07

I luna la i luna

I luna la i luna
N manu o ka lewa
I lalo la i lalo
N pua o ka honua
I uka la i uka
N ulu l`au
I kai la i kai
Na i`a o ka moana
Ha`ina mai ka puana
A he nani ke ao nei

He inoa no n kamali`i


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