Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Oahu Vacation Planner 2019-2020
877-525-OAHU 61 For a complete directory of O‘ahu’s products and services, see pages 66-72 . Hula Nothing is quite as universally symbolic of the Hawaiian Islands as the art of hula. While other Pacific cultures have unique dance traditions, hula is unique to Hawai‘i and has become an embodiment of the aloha spirit, treasured and enjoyed by all who experience it. You may see two different forms of hula while visiting our islands. Hula kahiko (traditional hula) is accompanied by chants and percussion sounds mimicking wind and surf, while hula ‘auana (modern hula), on the other hand, often includes singing and TorJohnson Pre-contact Hawaiian Music Hawaiians had the beat of the drum, trill of the nose flute and variations of melodic vocal accompaniment as their form of music. Mid-1880s When American missionaries arrived to the islands, they brought with them stringed instruments, melodies, harmonies and rhythms. These new tunes, combined with mesmerizing Mele o Hawai‘i—Hawaiian Music ‘Ukulele Hawaiian music performance DaejaFallasTorJohnson musical instruments. Both forms convey the essence of aloha—great love, caring, sharing, charity, kindness, compassion, mercy and humility. Costume is also important in hula— look for both male and female dancers adorned with lei, anklets, shells, feathers and flowers. Wherever you experience hula ‘auana (modern hula), feel free to shout “Hana hou!” after the performance is finished, if you like what you see. The phrase is a great compliment to the dancers, meaning “Encore!” Hawaiian poetry often taken from traditional Hawaiian oli (chants), created the Hawaiian music we know today. Late 19th Century Four of the most prolific haku mele (composers), known as Nā Lani ‘Ehā, the Royal Four, had a musical passion and talent like no other. King Kalākaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, Princess Likelike and Prince Leleiōhoku II created beautiful music as siblings that is still popular today. Today Many O‘ahu resorts offer beautiful Hawaiian music during the evenings. The Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand in Waikīkī is a great place to hear live Hawaiian music. If you’re visiting in July, we recommend the Annual ‘Ukulele Festival where you can listen to the finest players in the world, celebrity entertainers and an ‘ukulele ensemble of over 300 keiki (children).