Saturday, April 6, 2013

Merrie Monarch 2013 - Hawaiian Words for Hula Survival

Merrie Monarch 2013 - Hawaiian Words for Hula Survival

Stay at Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast and visit Hilo and the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, - only 30 minutes away:

If you are new to Hula, you need some Hawaiian language to help understand and appreciate hula and the cultural aspects of the dance.

Here is a list of words used commonly during the Merrie Monarch festival.

Aloha - is used to say hello and goodbye and desribes a kind of love or respect for something or someone. It is sometimes used in the negative: "He has no aloha!"
'Auana - Modern Hawaiian style
Halau - With regard to hula, this means a Hula group or school usually under the direction of Kumu. It means long house for canoes as well.
Haole - used to refer to white people
Hapa - means half and is used to describe people's race (Hapa Hawaiian), food, music or anything else that is influenced by ethnicity
Hapa Haole Songs - Hawaiian songs in English
Ho'i - Exit which is often accompanied by song or chant  
Ho'opa'a - Chanters
Heiau - Hawaiian platform Temple. Heiau can be visited in National and State parks around Hawaii island Hula Kahiko - Hula composed prior to 1893 and does not include modern musical instruments. Types of Hula Kahiko include ‘āla’apapa, ha’a, ‘olapa, and others. Hula is performed with chants accompanied by sticks and gourd drums and performed in malo, or loincloth, and pā’ū, or wrapped skirt, and clothing made of grass and flowers.
Hula 'Auana - Modern style Hula accompanied with songs in Hawaiian and modern musical instruments and performed in colorful dresses (mumus) and patterened shirts
Huli - The movement of turning - in a canoe it means to flip over. Ipuheke - Gourd instrument without a top used as a drum during Kahiko
Hula Kahiko - Ancient Hawaiian style
Ka'i - Entrance which is often accompanied by song or chant
Kane - Man and Men
Keiki - Child or Children
Kumu - Teacher that has mastery of Hula or some Hawaiian art form
Kupea - Anklets worn by male dancers
Kupuna - Elderly person or people
Mele - Hawaiian song and poetic language
Merrie Monarch - The Merrie Monarch refers to King David Kalākaua who reigned over the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1874 until his death in 1891. He was a patron of the arts and is given credit for revitalizing Hula in Hawaii.
'Olapa - Dancers
Oli - Chant
Pau - Finished, no more: "Food all Pau"
Pahu - Drum
Pule - Prayer given in Hawaiian at the begining of most events
'Uli'uli - Gourd instrument filled with seeds and topped with colorful flowers used by dancers in hula
Wahine - Woman and Women

* Official Merrie Monarch Festival site
* 2013 Merrie Monarch Review
* 2012 Merrie Monarch Review
* 2011 Merrie Monarch Review 
* 2010 Merrie Monarch Review 
* 2009 Merrie Monarch Review 
* 2008 Merrie Monarch Review 
* Merrie Monarch Festival Competition site 

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