The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2739   Message #11855
Posted By: Barry
05-Sep-97 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, HI
Subject: RE: Shula, about that Hawaiian fish...
Shula These would be called hapa holie (sp?) or half white, not the real traditional songs & Don Ho, doesn't rate a nod from the locals. The traditional songs are not sung for the public (at least not when I lived there) nor was the traditional dance. I don't know the names of the songs that I heard (my arm for a tape recorder) or what they were about only that I only got to hear them when I practiced by myself on the green & local musicians would stop & swap. To me it was akin to a south sea Eyna (instead of Galic in Hawaiian). 17 years has erased the words & tunes from my memory but not rememberance of the erie, haunting & delightful rush when I heard these songs for the 1st time. A kid about 18 asked if he could try my guitar & proceeded to change the tuned strings slacking them off (my 1st with slack key) he then sang what he said was a song of mourning (he sang it at his grandmother's funeral) along came 2 very large & mean looking somoaians & I figured I was going to be fish bait for being a holie, messing with their culture. They started swaying back & forth 7 moaning, like a hula, only very slow & talking with their hands as if trying to make shadow figures against a wallas they danced they danced, all the while in a public park without the slightest hint of embarrasement, almost trance like, I've never witnessed anything of the sort since. Barry Finn