Mai Na Kupuna Mai


“Hearing this CD made me feel like I was sitting at the Merrie Monarch (Hula Festival).”
-- Carole Baguio, Pacific Hawaiian Music Distribution
  • A treasure for students of hula and those who love the sound and emotion of Hawaii’s ancient chant and hula tradition. In this collection, Kumu Hula Pekelo Day presents a foundation of mele hula kahiko and honors the kupuna from whom he learned his hula and chant traditions.

  • Includes 21 chants, from the most ancient with pahu drum accompaniment through the Kalakaua-era classics to several recently composed.

  • Pekelo Day’s style is both refined and powerful, exuberant and compelling. Three of his haumana perform the kahea (the dancers’ calls and answers), which enhances emotional impact while adding to the overall feeling of live performance.

  • The 28-page booklet provides the Hawaiian, the English translation and an introductory explanation of the origin for each chant. Photos from Pekelo’s personal collection contribute charm and elegance to the booklet. Bill Ernst, who won the 2001 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for CD graphic design, has again created wonderful visuals and added meaning with his graphics.

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“Mai Na Kupuna Mai” – the songs:

  1. Noho Ana Ke Akua

  2. Kau Ka Hali‘a

  3. Kunihi Ka Mauna

  4. Ho‘opuka E Ka La Ma Ka Hikina

  5. Ka Huaka‘i A Pele

  6. Ke Ha‘a La Puna

  7. Kuololoa Kea‘au I Ka Nahelehele

  8. Aia La ‘O Pele

  9. Halema‘uma‘u

  10. Kaulilua I Ke Anu Wai‘ale‘ale

  11. ‘Au‘a ‘Ia E Kama E Kona Moku

  12. A Ko‘olau Au

  13. Kawika

  14. Lili‘u e

  15. Kalakaua

  16. E Ho‘i Ke Aloha I Ni‘ihau

  17. He Ma‘i No ‘Iolani

  18. Aloha Ka Uka ‘Opua Holu I Ka Makani

  19. Manulani O Ka Uka

  20. Mele Ma‘i No Kamehameha

  21. Oli Ho‘i