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.

Aloha nō au iā Kahulimoku

[Photo: Peter Kaawa; Kalaoa, North Kona, Hawaiʻi. ca. 1923; SP 59969.] Aloha nō au iā Kahulimoku Happy Mele Monday! “Mention has already been made of

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Mary Kawena Pukui

[Photo: Mary Kawena Pukui making a kīkī basket of ʻilima twigs; Waimānalo, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. May 1939; SP_19704_5.] Mary Kawena Pukui “It is hoped that the

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Lahilahi ē, Lahilahi ē

[Photo: Lahilahi Webb; Honolulu, Hawai‘i; SP 216335.] Lahilahi ē, Lahilahi ē Happy Mele Monday! Elizabeth Kealiioiwikinolahilahi Napuaikaumakani Webb was born in Honolulu on April 12,

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Aia i Waiehu Pua Loke Lani

[Photo: View of Lahaina waterfront; Lahaina, Maui, Hawaiʻi. ca. 1930.; SP 120999.] Aia i Waiehu Pua Loke Lani Happy Mele Monday! Today’s featured mele dates

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Kāua i ka Nani o Hilo

[Photo: Seated hula dancers with ipu hula at ʻIolani Palace grounds for King Kalākaua’s birthday; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Royal bandstand can be seen in the

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Ē Hina, ē Hinahele

[Photo: Pele Pukui Suganuma with gourd drum (ipu hula); Hawaiʻi; ca. 1962; SP 30108.] Ē Hina, ē Hinahele Happy Mele Monday! Today’s featured mele is

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