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|Beamer comments on "Ho`i Kealoha I Ni`ihau."|
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares what she learned about "Ho`i Kealoha I Ni`ihau" as a child from her "Sweetheart Grandma," Helen Desha Beamer.
MAILE LOO: So when did you first learn this one?
NONA BEAMER: I think I was about ten. And as Sweetheart Grandma mentioned, this was ... as though we were being advised by Kapi`olani. That we should take time to sit at the water's edge and watch the catfish, you know. And that was a nice child-like image in my mind. And as I grew older and considered more of the chant, it seemed to be so powerful, these places on Ni`ihau, you know, and her wish [CLAPS HANDS] that we would pay attention. And I wondered why Grandma taught us the chant with [CLAPS HANDS] with the clap, you know. But she said, Pay attention [CLAPS HANDS] to these words, so I just handed down to you the same way she gave it to me. That let your love return to Ni`ihau. To sit at the water's edge and feel the goodness of the earth around you. You know. And feel the roots pushing up to meet the sun. And all this goodness around you, put it in your heart for love.
|Beamer and Loo perform a Hula Wahi Pana.|
|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
In this clip, Auntie Nona chants as hänai daughter Maile Loo shares a Hula Wahi Pana (dance for legendary/historic places) that she taught her, entitled "Ho`i Kealoha i Ni`ihau."
`Ae, Ho`i ke aloha i Ni`ihau e
E ho`i ke aloha i Ni`ihau ea
I ka wai huna ka pä`o`o ea
I ka ulu hua i ka häpapa ea
I ke kö`eli a`o Haläli`i ea
Ka lä welawela i ke kula ea
Huli aku i ke alo o Kaua`i ea
Aia i Nihoa ma hope ea
I ka lau häpapa i ke kai ea
Ha`ina `ia mai ana i ka puana e
No Kapi`olani nö he inoa ea
Eala eala ea, a i e - a
He inoa no Kapi`olani