Click to enlargeUwolani - Chanting Unto the Chiefs

Hawaiian music in its truest form is best embodied in "oli" (vocal chanting that is not danced to) and "mele hula" (chants accompanied by dance and implements). Once the foundation for a vital oral tradition, this music has remained relatively pure despite the ceaseless introduction of new instruments and musical styles to the islands. The 20 recordings performed on "Uwolani" document creation chants (ko'ihonua) "mele inoa" (name chants), chants to honor the deities and ceremonies, and chants that recognize the beauty of the places, winds and rains of Hawai'i. "Uwolani" is meant to both entertain and inform. Lyrics and literal translations are provided, and listeners are encouraged to continue their journey of learning and discovery.

1. Kau Ka Hali'a   11. Mapu Ka Hanu o Ka Laua'e
2. Eo Mai 'O Kauku   12. Lele Ana 'o Ka'ena
3. He Kau No Hi'iaka   13. Ku'u Akua i Ka Hale Hau 
4. 'Oaka Ka Lani   14. Mai Kahiki Ka Wahine 'o Pele
5. 'O Wakea Noho ia Papahanaumoku   15. Holo Mai Pele
6. Mele Ho'oulu   16. Kunihi Ka'ena 
7. Eo Keopuolani Kauhiakama   17. He Mele No Hi'iakaikapoliopele
8. Ku'u Lani Weliweli   18. Ka 'Au Hula 'Ana o Kalalau
9. Te Ha'aha'a Nei Ahahana   19. Nahi'ena'ena
10. Ua Puni Ho'i Na Moku i Ke Kai   20. Eo, E Kalawai'aholonaikekaiomanaka'a

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