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Beamer comments on experience with "Hula Pele."
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares her ideas about and first experience with "Hula Pele."
Length: 3:18

NONA BEAMER: Well, there's so many different types of "Hula Pele" too, you know. Bombastic and prayerful, and m-m, very philosophical, and the romantic things with Kamapua`a.

MAILE LOO: In terms of "Hula Pele" in general?

NONA BEAMER: Well, I think in general, they need to be more realistic, more bombastic, more close to the ground and more elevation, you know. I think it has to be really, uh, a lot more imitation and a lot more physical action. Uh-huh.

MAILE LOO: What is it that you remember about your first "Hula Pele," learning it, performing it?

NONA BEAMER: Well, there was just a large group of us and we all didn't perform all. We performed parts cuz' Auntie Harriet was the one that was the Pele. Oh, she had all kinds of, oh, style and, um, her body stretch, and, you know, very lithe movement, so she always had center stage and we just sort of , kind of, um, you know, added to her. So we would have different parts of the, of the mele to do.

MAILE LOO: E Pele, E Pele.

NONA BEAMER: Yes, uh-huh, uh-huh. But she came in, you know, flowing to another Pele chant. I don't know what it was cuz it wasn't one that she taught us. And she would walk into the audience like Pele talking, you know. So I guess it was a different part of the story, cuz gosh, the epic is so long. I'd like to see some of that performed one day, to have a solo dancer that can do that. And, no, we just did like background things, and then Pele would creep away and then she would give another khea and then we'd start something else.

MAILE LOO: What, when was the first time you performed at Halema`uma`u?

NONA BEAMER: Well, the first time I remember with Auntie Harriet, yeah. And it was kind of spooky to little kids cuz the voice changed, you know, like, um, shrieking and then, you know, bringing the sound down. It wasn't pleasant to listen to. I mean hear, kids listening, you know. Maybe if I heard it now, I'd be more appreciative, but i-it was kind of spooky. Mmhm.

MAILE LOO: Wasn't that the time your skirt didn't move?

NONA BEAMER: Yeah, right, right. And I thought, if Pele wanted me to dance, she'd make my skirt move so I wasn't going to dance cuz Pele was mad at me. [LAUGHTER] You get right there! So of course I came right back. [LAUGHTER]


Beamer shares Hula Pele through her Pele Trilogy.
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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 shares her Pele Trilogy, consisting of chants "Nou Paha", "E Pele E Pele", and "`Oaka Ka Lani."
Length: 2:52

"Nou Paha":
Nou paha e ka inoa
E ka`ika`ikana a kau i ka nuku
E hapahapai a`e
E hapahapai a`e
A p i ke kihi o Klauea
Ilaila ku`u kama o Kunuikea
E Pele

"E Pele E Pele":
Auntie Nona chants the line "E Pele e Pele" as "E Pele a e Pele." Hnai daughter Maile Loo performs this Hula Pele as her mother taught it to her.

`Ae, e Pele e Pele ka`uka`ul ana

E Pele a e Pele ka`uka`ul ana
E Pele a e Pele hua`ina hua`ina
E Pele a e Pele `oni luna `oni luna
E Pele a e Pele `oni lalo `oni lalo
E Pele a e Pele a`o kuli pe`e nui
Ha`ina ka inoa no Pele la ea
Eala eala ea, a i e - a

He inoa no Pele

"`Oaka Ka Lani":
Lapak ka wahine a`o Pele i Kahiki
`Oaka ka lani noke n (repeat)
`Eli`eli kau mai (repeat)
`Oaka ka lani noke n (repeat)
`h`h mai ana `o Pele i ka lua a`o Halema`uma`u
`Oaka ka lani noke n (repeat)
E Pele


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