I Lālā Mau Nā Hula ʻĪlālāʻole


Early findings will be presented on the hula tradition of Joseph Kealiʻiakamoku ʻĪlālāʻole-o-Kamehameha (1873-1965) with emphasis on the analysis of the kuhilima of ʻĪlālāʻole or ʻĪlālāʻole hula motions and its relationship to the Hawaiian language text of eighteen hula chants. The analysis of the motions and the text will provide insight into the hula motions of ʻĪlālāʻole, a native Hawaiian language speaker of Puna, Hawaiʻi.