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Hālau Kalaʻakeakauikawēkiu (2021 Hula ʻAuana)

Published: Jul. 3, 2021 at 7:15 PM HST
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The mele hula “Hiʻilawe Song” was composed by Samuel Liʻa Kalainaina Sr. in 1892. Sam Liʻa spent most of his life in and around Waipiʻo Valley. However, in a songbook compiled by Sonny Cunha, the song was attributed to two other women with tunes that are, indeed, distinctly different from each other–Mrs. Kuakini named her song “Hāliʻalaulani” and Martha K. Maui named her song “Ke Aloha Poinaʻole.”