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Beamer shares interpretation of ''He Motu Ta`ura."
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares her interpretation of the chant "He Motu Ta`ura."
Length: 0:41

NONA BEAMER: "He motu Ta`ura Nihoa me Ni`ihau." Well, there again, the philosophy of the small islands, you know. And in this, now, the islands never need to be lonesome. They just look to the side, and there are other islands close by. And at night as the sun sets, all the islands go to sleep. Kinda sweet. The islands are just like people. They get lonesome sometimes too. But not when you have friends around. [CHUCKLES]


Beamer performs Hula `Ülili "He Moku Ka`ula".
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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 "He Moku Ka`ula" as a Hula `Ülili, or dance with spinning gourd rattle. You will hear her chanting in what her grandmother taught her as "Ni`ihau style", where she uses the "t" for "k", and "r" for "l".
Length: 1:19

`Ae, he motu Ta`ura Nihoa me Ni`ihau

He motu Ta`ura Nihoa me Ni`ihau
I ta uru ra`i a Tawaihoa a Täne
`O taurana-a-ta-rä i Haräri`i
Hara ta rä tau ma te tua o Rehua
Tau ta mörehurehu o te ahiahi
Moe e nö Taua`i i runa ta rä

E ö ana `o Rehua i te tai


Loo performs a Hula Papa Hehi a me Käla`au.
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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 SPEAKING TO THE KUMU TO REQUEST PERMISSION.
Maile Loo
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona's hänai daughter Maile Loo performs a Hula Papa Hehi a me Käla`au as taught by her mother. The chant is "He Moku Ka`ula," and it is chanted in the Ni`ihau-style that Auntie Nona learned from her grandmother Helen Desha Beamer. In this style, the "k" is pronounced as "t," and the "l" as "r."
Length: 2:49

`Ae, he motu Ta`ura Nihoa me Ni`ihau

He motu Ta`ura Nihoa me Ni`ihau
I ta uru ra`i a Tawaihoa a Täne
`O taurana-a-ta-rä i Haräri`i
Hara ta rä tau ma te tua o Rehua
Tau ta mörehurehu o te ahiahi
Moe e nö Taua`i i runa ta rä

E ö ana nö `o Rehua i te tai


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