The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2739   Message #11865
Posted By: Peter T.
05-Sep-97 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, HI
Subject: RE: Shula, about that Hawaiian fish...
Shula, serious question, since you have become interested. Is Hawaiian music part of a whole SouthSeas repertoire of music -- Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, etc. -- or very specific? I mean by that is there a common tuning or pattern of songs or influences that was there before Captain Cook arrived (obviously with some changes for each culture)? How far did it go (if there): Japan, Phillippines, Australia...? I also assume that the guitar must be a late addition to the instrumental repertoire. I ask this out of sheer ignorance.

Yours, Peter