"criteria" for küpuna is that they were born in 1932
or before and must have had hula as a part of their lives. It is
not necessary that they have actively or continuously taught throughout
the years; just that they have learned hula at some point.
küpuna documentation sessions are videotaped using digital
cameras and wireless microphones. In this manner, future generations
will be able to hear their authentic voices, feel their
unique spirits, and grow in aloha for our beloved elders long after
they have passed on.
documentation method is multi-faceted and ongoing. It begins with
an initial individual interview where basic information is gathered
on their hula training, performance experiences, thoughts and opinions
on hula, favorite hulas, and background on their families and upbringing.
the initial interview, followup sessions are scheduled to continue
the gathering and documentation process. Over time, more details
of the kupuna and his or her life are collected and added to the database. We also
look for opportunities to document
them in other modes, such as a performance, workshop, rehearsal,
lecture, or an event where they are being honored. Whatever the
case, we try to be there to capture all the precious moments and
create a digital legacy of their influential lives and special contributions.