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Halekulani hotels house traditional Hawaiian music

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Halekulani Hotelʻs House Without A Key continues to be a place where everyone is welcomed for authentic Hawaiian serenades.  Amy Kalili takes a look at the tradition of Hawaiian music and hula at this Waikiki landmark.

"I think this place Halekulani is really set up for people to come and listen. All the chairs, all the tables, theyʻre open to the music," said Kaipo Kukahiko, Mea Puolo, Paʻahana

ʻO Halekûlani nô kahi kûpono. Hoʻonohonoho ʻia nâ noho a pâkaukau no ka hoʻolohe mele.

Kaipo has been playing Hawaiian music with Doug Tolentino and Pâkalâ Fernandes as the group Paʻahana for 8 years. And Kaipo remembers coming here as a youngster himself to listen to music.

E himeni a hoʻokani pila ana ʻo Kaipo i nâ mele Hawaiʻi ma Halekulani me Doug Tolentino lâua me Pakala Fernandes ma ka hui hîmeni ʻo Paʻahana no ʻewalu o ʻoi makahiki. A hoʻomanaʻo o Kaipo i kona nânea ʻana i ka puolo Hawaiʻi ma kona wâ ʻôpio ma ʻaneʻi nô.

"I use to come here to listen to a lot of the older guys that played here before. Uncle Benny Kalama, the Hiram Olsen Trio, all those guys. I use to come and listen and appreciate the music and the hula that was going on. So to be a part of that is like a dream for me," said Kuahiko.

Hele mai au ma mua a hoʻolohe iâ ʻAnakala Benny Kalama mâ me ka Hiram Olsen trio a pçlâ. Pâ nô i ka nani o nâ mele a hula. No laila, he pômaikaʻi nô ka hiki ke hoʻokani pû ma ʻaneʻi.

Traditional Hawaiian music and hula have been an integral part of the entertainment since the earliest days of House Without A Key.

He mea paʻa ʻçkala loa ka puolo Hawaiʻi a me ka hula ma ka papahana o kçia House Without a Key.

"They have never let down on their desire to constantly keep the music Hawaiian and keep the hula here," said Kanoe Miller, Mea Hula.

Ua kûpaʻa ma ka mâlama ʻia o kçlâ ma ʻaneʻi.

Kanoe should know, since she has danced at Halekûlani for 33 years, 6 nights a week, 50 weeks a year.

ʻIke leʻa ʻo Kanoe ʻoiai hula ana ʻo ia ma Halekûlani no ke 33 makahiki, 6 lâ o ka pule, 50 pule o ka makahiki.

"That gracious old style of Hawaii that people look for and can, I think, only find here," said Miller.

Ia ʻano aloha Hawaiʻi a ka poʻe e ʻimi ana a loaʻa nô ma ʻaneʻi.

"There are a bunch of musicians, young musicians that are trying to keep that going and keeping the Hawaiian strong," said Kuhahiko

Nui nâ mea puolo ʻôpio e ʻimi ana i ka mâlama i ka mea Hawaiʻi.

And Kaipo is one of them.

A ʻo Kaipo nô kekahi.

I mean it's an honor and a responsibility too.

He pômaikaʻi a he kuleana nô hoʻi.

ʻO wau nô ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

  

Original airdate 2/3/2010

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