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Native Hawaiian Music (Spotify)

Aloha Kakou and Malama Pono for choosing Olelo Hawaii on Duolingo. My name is Maryann, from California, and I'm seventeen. I am Native Hawaiian by blood, but I am considered a Mainland Islander (born in the states; raised Hawaiian). Don't hate, housing is expensive in Hilo. I wish to preserve Kanaka Maoli culture in the future by enrolling in UH. But for now, i'm hooking everyone up with some local and native Hawaiian music. All my playlists can be accessed through Spotify and is completely free, that is, unless you prefer to purchase the ad free version (spotify premium).

Spotify Username: ( bettabewithsesheta )

The Hawaiian Language shouldn't be learned just because you visit the islands every summer vacation, people should try to connect with the culture of the language. Get to know the importance of a song or chant, understand that each one contributes to Native Hawaiian history.

  1. Hawai'i Nei (Olelo Hawaii) This playlist provides most of the songs i would hear on the radio as i sat in my tutu and kuku mans (tutu kane) kitchen. Generally, i'm helping them cook a purple potato stew or preparing a peach ice cake (my favorite). I even found the exact model of the radio to remind me of them. This is where you'll find original, authentic hawaiian style music. It isn't the stuff of white sandy beaches or waikiki melodies. Highly respected musicians and Kumu Hula's together like Edith Kanakaole, Mark Kealii, Amy Hanaialii, Willie K, Gabby Pahinui, George Kahumoku, reside in this playlist to capture places where Hawaiian didn't use to have roads. It is a playlist where my imagination goes to when the hawaiian language was a little more popularly spoken.

I have plenty more playlists, but for now i hope this one gives you glimpses into what Hawaii looks and looked like.

A Hui Ho! Take Care

February 13, 2019



Mahu Mark Kealii? Perhaps you meant Kumu Hula Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu?


Do people not consider Mark Keali'i a record keeper of Hula Kahiko, Auana, Olelo Hawaii? Has he not delivered himself as a teacher of the Hawaiian culture? Does he not deliver both feminine and masculine charm to the art of Song and Chant, Dance? A Mahu is a person who is someone who embody both masculine and feminine characteristics and traits. They are best recorded in history as Kumu Hula's, caretakers, historians. Therefore, I consider Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu both a Mahu and a Kumu. As a sidenote i would like to thank you anty Mojave for challenging my knowledge in the respect we give our Kumu's.


Mahalo for your reply. I don't know your manaʻo re: mele,oli or hula and I certainly can't answer your question re: what anyone else considers Kumu Mark. I personally wouldn't attach an identity, such as Mahu to anyone unless they self identified...especially a kupuna. A hui hou... P.S. Mahalo for elevating me to "Aunty" status.


I like to learn more abou thte Hawaiian culture. Do you know where I can find some interesting video's about this subject?


I find the drops app to be helpful as a refresher and expand my vocabulary. Every now and then I'll visit Oiwitv, it's a channel dedicated to Olelo Hawaii. Ahonui's channel LearnHawaiian has helped a lot of me and my friends understand the recognized work of Na Kai Ewalu. You might also want to look into anything within Kamehameha schools or Hawaii state universities on Youtube. Lastly, visit Quizlet and study words and grammar from the profile kuukanahele, their vocab words are modeled after university courses provided in Hawaii starting with HAW101


Do you still have these playlists? I can't seem to find them on Spotify. Unless I'm just doing something wrong.


Youʻd be better off using www.wehewehe.org for ALL of your Hawaiian resources.


Mahalo piha e, koʻu hoaaloha. Ua noho au ma America i he manawa. ʻO Kanaka Maoli ʻoe - no matter where you live. To help you & help you help others, check out what your hometown has done in terms of resources: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/wehe/

A more broad website coming from the same roots as that, www.wehewehe.org or ulukau. When you click on Ulukau, there is EVERYthing that helps you find ANYthing in there. This should help you stay connected. Both sites are evolving daily.

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