Twenty five people came on Friday, March 11 to my program on Hawai’i’s Prince Kuhio at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. This was the third program in my Hawaiian History Series for 2016. The PowerPoint presentation lasted 80 minutes through 46 slides. The program was in two parts, the first about the Prince and his legacy, and the second a sing-along of compositions during his lifetime. Prince Kuhio lived from 1871-1922.
Once again, my husband accompanied the sing-along portion of the program by playing his u-bass. We sang 5 songs including Hawaii Aloha as the traditional song to end the program. For each song I told the story behind the song in keeping with Hawaiian oral history traditions, taught everyone how to pronounce the Hawaiian lyrics, and then led everyone in singing the song twice (once to become familiar with the tune, and then once more to gain confidence). There were a few people who brought their own instruments and played along.
Here are the songs we sang:
- Ua Lika No A Like, written by Alice Everett in 1882, tells a love story.
- Sanoe, written by Lili’uokalani and Elizabeth Achuck in 1800s, tells about a secret love affair in King Kalākaua’s court.
- On The Beach at Waikiki, written by Henry Kailimai and G.H. Stover in 1915, is a hapa haole song that tells of fun on Oahu.
- Kaimana Hila, written by Charles E. King in 1916, tells of a journey of friends to Diamond Head on Oahu.
- Hawaii Aloha, written in the 1800s by Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, tells about the love for the islands.
New this time, I noticed a couple of phones being held up as we were learning to sing the Hawaiian songs. Perhaps people were videotaping the lessons for their later enjoyment.
After the program, one person came up to say she would like to hire me to review her compositions and give her advice on how to make them better. That’s a first!
Stay tuned for the next Hawaiian history program in April on Na Lani Eha – The Four Royals. This will be the last of the Hawaiian history series at Kaunoa Senior Center until next year.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele