Hālau Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea - Wahine (2022 Hula ‘Auana)
Updated: Apr. 23, 2022 at 2:24 PM HST
“Hawai‘iʻs Songbird,” Lena Machado, was a huge fan of Latin music, its rhythms and instrumentation. She wanted to “celebrate the way that two different cultures could respect and enjoy each other.” In 1937, she wrote the original version of “E Ku‘u Baby Hot Cha-Cha,” a song with a Latin feel but utilizing her typicallly Hawaiian poetic technique.