Unwritten literature of Hawaii: the sacred songs of the hula

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Govt. Print. Off., 1909 - Folklore - 288 pages
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Page 8 - And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
Page 259 - In the heavenly bow, In the piled-up mist-wraith, In the blood-red rainfall, In the ghost-pale cloud-form; There is the water of Kane. One question I put to you: Where, where is the water of Kane?
Page 149 - Their dances have a much nearer resemblance to those of the New Zealanders than of the Otaheiteans or Friendly Islanders. They are prefaced with a slow, solemn song, in which all the party join, moving their legs, and gently striking their breasts, in a manner, and with attitudes, that are perfectly easy and graceful ; and so far they are the same with the dancers of the other Society Islands.
Page 169 - CHORUS: Thou art the end of my longing, The crown of evening's delight, When I hear the cock blithe crowing, In the middle watch of the night. This way is the path for thee and me, A welcome warm at the end. I waited long for thy coming, And found thee in waft of the breeze. CHORUS.
Page 259 - In the black-black cloud, In the black-mottled sacred cloud of the gods; There is the Water of Kane. One question I ask of you: Where flows the Water of Kane? Deep in the ground, in the gushing spring, In the ducts of Kane and Loa, A well-spring of water, to quaff, A water of magic power— The water of Life! Life! O give us this life!
Page 7 - Hawaiian; it was to him in place of our concert-hall and lecture-room, our opera and theater, and thus became one of his chief means of social enjoyment. Besides this, it kept the communal imagination in living touch with the nation's legendary past. The hula had songs proper to itself, but it found a mine of inexhaustible wealth in the epics and wonder-myths that celebrated the doings of the volcano goddess Pele and her compeers. Thus in the cantillations of the old-time hula we find a ready-made...
Page 12 - ... art, to the refreshment of men's minds. Its view of life was idyllic, and it gave itself to the celebration of those mythical times when gods and goddesses moved on the earth as men and women and when men and women were as gods.
Page 150 - Their music is also of a ruder kind, having neither flutes nor reeds, nor instruments of any other sort, that we saw, except drums of various sizes. But their songs, which they sung MARCH, 1779. in parts*, and accompany with a gentle motion of the arms, in the same manner as the Friendly Islanders, had a very pleasing effect.
Page 150 - Islands ; and which may, perhaps, with more propriety, be called the accompaniment of songs, with corresponding and graceful motions of the whole body. Yet, as we were spectators of boxing exhibitions, of the same kind with those we were entertained with at the Friendly Islands, it is probable that they had likewise their grand ceremonious dances, in which numbers of both sexes assisted. Their music is also of a ruder kind, having neither flutes nor reeds, nor instruments of any other sort, that...
Page 7 - ... eye and ear and heart of the assembled chiefs and people ; and it was sung. The Hawaiian song, its note of joy par excellence, was the oli ; but it must be noted that in every species of Hawaiian poetry — mele — whether epic, or eulogy, or prayer, sounding through them all we shall find the lyric note. The most telling record of a people's intimate life is the record which it unconsciously makes in its songs. This record which the Hawaiian people have left of themselves is full and specific....

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