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A set of mele including "E aha ia ana o Maunakea," composed by Lioe Kaanaana of Waimea for Ane Bell, 1894.



Hanohano Mana i ka uhiwai
Haaheo i ka liko o ka mamane
O ka noe a ka ua kikoni ili
Me he la o kuu aloha kekahi… 491 more words


Road to hell is paved with gold, 1915.


C. R. Forbes Warned from Undertaking by John G. Stokes; Will Put Up Markers

Plans that Charles R. 525 more words

English Newspaper

Anybody ever see one of these blue ribbons or blue badges of the annexationists? 1893.

The appointment of Mr. Kauhi to be Sheriff for the District of Ewa is very characteristic of the Provisional Government. Because Mr. Kauhi has sported a blue annexation badge he has been considered fit by the Attorney General to hold the responsible position to which he has been appointed. 160 more words

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The haughty ass, 1865.

The Ass.

An ass clothed himself in the skin of a lion, and acted as if he’d bring death to man and beast so that they would mistake him for a real lion. 72 more words

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Lead by example, 1865 / timeless.

The Crab.

A crab said to its child, “Quit that walking sideways. Walk straight ahead.” The child crab responded. “I am ready to do as you say, but only when I see you do so first.” 71 more words

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Some advice from the past to composers of today, 1893.


Each Mele that is composed has its own nature, and there are results that follow that cannot be avoided. Should the words of the composition be good from beginning to end, then those who understand mele composition will say that the mele (prayer) is a good one; however, should the words be off, and syllables are dropped, and words of unfortunate nature result, those knowledgeable in haku mele will say that the pule (mele) is not good. 106 more words


The mo Ľolelo of  ĽUmi, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, 2016.

Go check out tomorrow’s brownbag at the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa!

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