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Hawaiian News: Merrie Monarch House Bands

Chad Takatsugi Chad Takatsugi
Weldon Kekauoha Weldon Kekauoha
Ikaika Blackburn Ikaika Blackburn

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Taking the stage at tomorrow nightʻs Merrie Monarch will be the best ʻauana or contemporary hula each hâlau has to offer. But backstage will be some of Hawaiʻi's best musicians who prepare just as hard, if not harder, than the dancers. Amy Kalili has more.

It really does take a special kind of musician to be a hula musician. Only because you have to realize at that point that the focus is not going be on you.

Chad Takatsugi

Mea Puolo Mele Manaka

Pono e ʻoluʻolu i kou ʻike nui ʻole ʻia ma ke ʻano he mea puolo no ka poʻe hula.

Ma ka holo o nâ makahiki he 10 o ko Chad hoʻokani a hîmeni pila ʻana no nâ hâlau ma ka Mele Manaka, nui ko Chad mau pilina ho hoʻokani a hîmeni i paʻa ai.

Over his 10 years of playing at Merrie Monarch, Chad has made good friends.

This hula musician community, weʻre a pretty tight community. Everybody knows whoʻs playing for who, who traditionally plays for who, who played for who last year, that kind of stuff.

(chad)

Pili nô nâ mea hoʻokani pila no ka poʻe hula. Kamaʻâina i nâ mea e pili maʻamau ana i kekahi mau hâlau.

He maʻamau ka hîmeni ʻana o kekahi mau puʻukani no kekahi mau hâlau a pçlâ ʻo Chad i kçia makahiki,

Most musicians play with multiple hâlau, and Chad is working with four this year.

Being that I am playing for four hâlau, the greatest challenge is always going to be scheduling.

(chad)

ʻO ka hoʻolâlâ papa manawa ka mea nui.

ʻO nâ hoʻomaʻamaʻa kekahi mea, aka, ʻo ia pô o ka hoʻokûkû nô kahi nui o ka pupuahulu.

Juggling rehearsals is one thing, but the actual night can get pretty crazy.

When you work with multiple hâlau, you want to make sure you have your game face on. You want to make sure you know whatʻs happening for everyoneʻs dance, everyoneʻs kaʻi and hoʻi.

Weldon Kekauoha

Mea Puolo Mele Manaka

Pono e mâkaukau a paʻa na mele, kaʻi a hoʻi no nâ hâlau âu e kôkua ana.

Ua lilo hea mea hoʻohauʻoli kçia wâ o ka makahiki o ka hoʻohui aku a hoʻohui ʻia mai o nâ mea puolo a paʻa nâ ʻano hui hîmeni a hoʻokani like ʻole no nâ hâlau.

Some musicians joke that Merrie Monarch is "open season" for them, when they mix and match bands.

A ua nui ka hakuhia a hoʻololi aku i ke ʻano ka hîmeni a hoʻokani ma kçia hoʻomaʻamaʻa ʻana.

There was a lot of creativity and tweaking at this rehearsal.

We practice hard maybe probably not as hard as the hula dancers but you know but we definitely try to hold our place and make sure we know what we're doing.

(Weldon)

Nui ka hoʻomaʻamaʻa a hoʻâʻo mâkou e hoʻokô maʻemaʻe e maiau.

ʻO ka pau ʻana, nani nô ka hua o kçia mau hola hoʻomaʻamaʻa.

The end product is worth the wait and the many, many practice sessions.

That's a place to hear music. I mean someone should actually record them and sell a cd of Merrie Monarch music, because you're not going to see that anywhere else.

Ikaika Blackburn

Mea Puolo Mele Manaka

He manaʻo maikaʻi ka ʻoki leo a hoʻopaʻa pâ sçdç ʻana ʻoiai he kûikawâ nô.

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

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