Welo Hou

Mele are an invaluable primary resource for Hawaiian scholarship and cultural connection. The Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Roberts Mele Collection project, funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, will improve the digitization, indexing, and accessibility of a unique and treasured collection of mele dating from pre-Western contact to the early 1900s. This pilot project will serve as a model for improved access to and increased engagement with the Bishop Museum Library & Archives’ other mele collections.

Welo Hou, or to unfurl once again, aims to provide more opportunities for researchers of all levels of Hawaiian language and cultural fluency to access the Roberts Collection with ease, and honors the connections between Hawaiian voices of the past and our community of the present.

Kīlauea ke aloha

[Photo: Mokulau, Maui and interisland steamer, Kīlauea; Hawaiʻi, May 1922. SP 50114.] Kīlauea ke aloha Happy Mele Monday! “On June 28, 1860, the Kilauea, a

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Pehea mai ʻoe, ē Malulani?

[Photo: Mr. George Beckley (seated) with Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (standing); Hawaiʻi. SP 54164] Pehea mai ʻoe, ē Malulani? Happy Mele Monday! Today’s featured composition

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Aia i Kohala kaʻu aloha

[Photo: View of coastal Kawaihae, Hawaiʻi; ca. 1908; SP 101273] Aia i Kohala kaʻu aloha Happy Mele Monday! Contributed to the collection by Kapeliela Malani

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Kū ka ʻoliʻoli i nā moku

[Photo: Lunalilo Home; Makiki, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. SP 30899] [Photo: Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith with a group of Hawaiians from Lunalilo Home, ca.1915; Hawaiʻi. SP

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Nani wale ka huila o Kīlauea

[Photo: Visitors at Kīlauea Point Lighthouse; Kīlauea, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. Photo by Laurence Hata, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 216360] Nani wale ka huila o Kīlauea Happy

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