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Halau 'O Kekuhi - Hula Performance [Live at First Americans Festival 2004]
The Halau 'O Kekuhi hula ensemble from the Big Island of Hawai'i perform a dance for Pele, the volcano goddess. This video was recorded at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opening celebration on September 26, 2004, as part of the First Americans Festival. 'Musics of Hawai'i: Anthology of Hawaiian Music - Special Festival Edition' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: Hula, a dance that tells a story, has always been a focal point of Hawaiian culture. It is performed to mele (chants) accompanied by percussion instruments. Mele and hula were used to record thousands of years of ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian history. Chants and dances also recorded the daily life of the Hawaiian people, their love of the land, humor or tragedy, and the heroic character of their leaders. The Halau 'O Kekuhi hula ensemble draws many of its dances from the mele of the Big Island, particularly chants to Pele, the volcano goddess. They are led by Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka'ole, sisters of the highly respected Kanaka'ole family of chanters and dancers from Hilo. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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2 min 23 sec
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