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Beamer comments on playing the ipu heke.
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Nona Beamer
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona shares how the ipu heke is played in her hula tradition and one of her own possible innovations.
Length: 1:25

NONA BEAMER: M-hm. [CHUCKLES] And here are these beautiful ipu heke. M-m. And these are like precious children, you know. The head and the body. M-hm. And we were always taught to respect the instruments, that they were not uh, toys. And this is like the head of the baby, the head of the child, that you shouldn't whack it, you know. That the sound comes from the piko end, to the side. [KNOCKING] Not hitting the head of the ipu. M-hm. I realize there are lots of traditions and lots of different schools of thought, but I can only honor my own. M-hm. The ipu heke and the ipu heke `ole, without uh the top, is uh ... very popular. I'd only seen it done uh, seated. But I was getting ready to uh, do a mainland tour. And I had them uh, stand and use the ipu standing. And then changing from one dancer to the other. It was kind of interesting. And then after that, everybody began doing ipu standing up. But I think maybe it was my--[CHUCKLES]--my invention at first.


Beamer and Loo perform a Hula Ipu.
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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.
Nona Beamer and Maile Loo
Honolulu, 1999
In this clip, Auntie Nona and her hänai daughter Maile Loo perform a Hula Ipu (dance with hollowed gourd) to the chant for Chiefess Manono "E Manono." They use the ipu heke or double gourd. (The ipu heke `ole could also be used.)
Length: 2:12

`Ae, E Manono lä

E Manono lä `ea, e Manono lä `ea
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
Kau ka `ope`ope ka ulu hala lä `ea
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
Ka uluhe lä `ea, ka uluhe lä `ea
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
Häli`i pünana no huli mai
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
Huli mai `oe lä moe käua
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
E Manono lä `ea, e Manono lä `ea
`Ae `oe `ae `oe ë
Kö aloha lä `ea, kö aloha lä `ea
Mälama kö aloha, mälama kö aloha ë


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