- 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.