Preservation Society's First Year
by Nona Kapuailohia Desha Beamer and
Maile Kapuailohia Beamer Loo
has gone by since we shared the founding of Hula Preservation Society
with you. We have been busy, challenged, and highly excited! This
is a whole new chapter in my life - this entire field of technology-
it absolutely boggles my mind! I don't pretend to understand it,
but I respect it totally and daughter Maile for her expertise. Can
you believe my feelings of awe and amazement that we are engaged
in this preservation work to gather hula knowledge for posterity,
and to use technology to make this information available for the
world to appreciate and enjoy.
our hearts and minds with enriching Hawaiian culture is constantly
making me aware and acutely more humble of the unfathomable accomplishments
of the ancients. If we can use the technology to classify, cross-index,
reference, etc. all the myriad facets of this information, it will
be retrievable for every possible study of hula in the future.
are continuing to appeal to the küpuna to add their hula knowledge
to this storehouse of resources, adding their personal experiences
as we gather all the tidbits of hula knowledge available to us.
now, here is daughter Maile to speak further of the joy in the work
of Hula Preservation Society. It is fast becoming my passion!
Hi everyone! These past 12 months have brought a slew of activity
and encouragement. In case you're new to HPS, our mission is two
fold: PRESERVATION and PERPETUATION. Under Preservation,
we seek to capture the spirits and authentic voices of our treasured
elders, and document ancient hula using modern technologies. Under
Perpetuation, we work to gather these hula resources and
share them using technologies such as television, video, the Internet,
and CDs or DVDs.
have three agencies to give a special thanks to. We are grateful
to the Atherton Family Foundation for their financial support of
the "gathering" effort we are undertaking. They have enabled
us to reach out to more küpuna and use digital video to capture
their stories and valuable hula knowledge and experiences.
to the Hawai`i Community Foundation for their support in developing
an Online Multimedia Hula Library. This grant will help us to create
a prototype and test sharing these valuable resources over the Internet
with our worldwide hula community. Look to www.hulapreservation.org
in May 2002 for the Library prototype.
thanks to the Nadao and Mieko Yoshinaga Foundation for supporting
the purchase of additional digital video and computer equipment.
Finally, mahalo to the dozen of individuals who have donated money
to HPS over the last year. Every dollar counts, and 100% goes toward
this important work.
this past year, we have expanded our efforts and the "new"
küpuna we have interacted with include Pulu`elo Park, George
Nä`ope, Leiana Woodside, Queenie Ventura Dowsett, Mae Kamämalu
Klein, Kent Ghirard, George Holokai, Shirley Moss, Thelma Enos Boyd,
Emma Kauhi, Laua`e Yung, and Rhea Akoi. We have thoroughly enjoyed
the time spent with our küpuna and as my mom said, we continue
to appeal to other elders to share their backgrounds and experiences