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HuihuiNavigating Art and Literature in the Pacific$
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Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838959

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.001.0001

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A Contemporary Response to Increasing Mele Performance Contexts

A Contemporary Response to Increasing Mele Performance Contexts

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(p.24) Chapter Two A Contemporary Response to Increasing Mele Performance Contexts
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Huihui
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Kalena Silva

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.003.0003

In this chapter, the author demonstrates the connection between hula and the writing of mele. He begins with a brief overview of the historical events that led both to the decline and to the current revitalization of Hawaiian language, including circumstances that led to his own participation in revitalization efforts. He then describes ten mele he has composed for events that fall within four major contexts, all of which reflect his own professional and personal interests: educational, hula, larger Hawaiian community, and family. The majority of the mele are examples of evolving traditional forms, although two—a mele heahea and a mele kanikau—are examples of reemerging traditional forms. Each mele is presented in English translation, but there are instances when the translation does not convey all the nuances of meaning found in the Hawaiian—an aspect of translation that the author deems lamentable but unavoidable.

Keywords:   hula, mele, Hawaiian language, education, Hawaiian community, family, mele heahea, mele kanikau, English translation

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