E Ho‘okonākonā, e wehe, e kala

[Photo: Sugar cane irrigation ditch; Hawai‘i. Photo by Elias Shura. SP 108819.] E Ho‘okonākonā, e wehe, e kala Happy Mele Monday! Contributed to the collection by Theodore Kelsey, today’s featured mele is a pule kala hana aloha, or a prayer freeing an individual from love magic. According to Pukui, the laukona variety of sugar cane […]

Member Spotlight – Vivian Pham

Member Spotlight – Vivian Pham Home Page Members are the heart of our Bishop Museum ʻOhana! Meet Vivian, a Bishop Museum Member. Member Spotlight – Vivian Pham Why did you decide to become a Member? I have fond memories of visiting Bishop museum as a little girl and love the various exhibits I’ve seen as […]

Piecing Together the Story of Hawaiʻi on Paper

My Bishop Museum Experience: “Piecing Together the Story of Hawaiʻi on Paper” By Candice Soon Home Page We love to hear about our guests’ experiences at Bishop Museum, and how they were affected by the many cultural, historical, and scientific objects and specimens housed here. Meet Candice, an educator and artist, who was inspired to […]

Wa‘ewa‘e

[Photo: Young girl demonstrating Hawaiian string figures; Hawaiʻi; SP 103509.] Wa‘ewa‘e Happy Mele Monday! Featuring another request submitted through our Welo Hou mele survey, today’s composition is a mele hei (string figure chant) contributed to the collection by J.P. Hale. (Mele translation by Mary Kawena Pukui) Wa‘ewa‘e —- O Wa‘ewa‘e Hō mai ka i‘a Give […]

ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike

[Two plantation luna on horseback in sugarcane field; ca. 1888. Waimānalo(?), Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Photo by J. A. Gonsalves. SP_73201] ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike Happy Mele Monday! Contributed to the collection by Wahineikeaouli Pa, today’s featured mele illustrates the imagery of two horses racing each other to attain a goal. In taking a closer look […]

He kao nui nō

[Photo: Hawaiian children eating sugar cane; Hawaiʻi. ca. 1890-1905. SLS_2071.] He kao nui nō Happy Mele Monday! We would like to express our sincere appreciation for those who have participated in our Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Roberts Mele Collection survey. Your feedback is invaluable and we are diligently working to incorporate your suggestions […]

Winged Ambassadors by Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge

Winged Ambassadors by Oikonos Ecosystem KnowledgeBy Molly Hagemann Home Page As Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager at Bishop Museum, I often come into contact with local organizations that share our mission of promoting a better understanding of Hawaiʻi’s threatened wildlife. One of these is Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, a nonprofit that studies and protects imperiled ecosystems by […]

He ‘awa i kanu ʻia e ke akua

[Grass House and loʻi on Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. Photograph by Capt. James C. Ayers. SP 79999] He ‘awa i kanu ʻia e ke akua Happy Mele Monday! Contributed to the collection by a resident of Kauaʻi, today’s featured mele is a special request submitted through our Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Roberts Mele Collection survey. […]

Nani Kaʻala, he keiki na Kamaoha

[Photo: Aerial view of Waialua; ca. 1925. Waialua, Oʻahu. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 115919] Nani Kaʻala, he keiki na Kamaoha Happy Mele Monday! Contributed to the collection by Louis Nakeu of Honolulu, today’s featured mele is a love chant that highlights significant places situated on the northwestern side of Oʻahu. Beginning at the top of […]