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|Beamer talks about learning a "Hula Ka`i."|
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares her memories of learning a "Hula Ka`i" and dancing with her "Sweetheart Grandma," Helen Desha Beamer.
MAILE LOO: So I've learned one hula ka`i or entrance hula from you, which is "Ho`opuka e Ka Lä i Kai o Unulau." So what can you share-
NONA BEAMER: Well, what was so beautiful about that was the description. That we didn't simply enter with patterns. We entered with a whole, full-blown story going on, you know. And it was exciting. M-hm. But I know there's so many different kinds of ka`i, but that's the only one she taught us. M-hm. I love the-the drama in the story and just uh, it seems like it's so alive, you know. M-hm. I-I like patterns for entrances and exits, but it's kind of boring. [CHUCKLES] Better to have the story and more action or more movement, you know. M-hm.
MAILE LOO: Did Sweetheart Grandma um, prefer the "Unulau"-
NONA BEAMER: She did.
MAILE LOO: --to- over the "ma kahikina?"
NONA BEAMER: Yeah, she did. M-hm. But lots of the [CHUCKLES] members of the class didn't learn it, because it was a little bit hard. So she made them sit and observe. [CHUCKLES] But I got up and down. [CHUCKLES]
MAILE LOO: And then how old were you when you first started to learn the songs?
NONA BEAMER: Oh, we started to do those when we were about six. Yeah. M-hm. Because we couldn't simply wander on the stage. You know, we had to come in in a ceremonious way and-and often times for the kahiko, you know, to decorate the altar. And there were reasons uh, that we made certain kinds of entrances. And you know, the backing away and all those things, the protocol. Oh yeah, she was strict about that. And I'm glad. Because then I could hand it down to you.
|Beamer and Loo perform a Hula Ka`i.|
|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 the Hula Ka`i (entrance dance) that she taught her, entitled "Ho`opuka Ë Ka Lä i Kai o Unulau."
`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