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Hula and Mele: Start Here

A guide to library and web resources about music, dance and performing arts in Hawai'i.

Aloha and Welcome!

On this site, you'll find resources on music and hula in Hawai'i. This page has general resources that provide basic background info - use the tabs at the top to toggle between pages for even more resources on Mele (Music) and Hula respectively.

These are just a sample of the resources that are available to you - contact the library for more resources or research help.

Featured Resources for Background Info on Mele & Hula

You can borrow these books from the library or access digital copies for free online.

Websites

Here are some websites with more info and resources on

Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library

This site has lots of books and curriculum resources on Hawaiian language and culture, including mele and hula. Try searching for "hula" or "mele" on the website or browse books by clicking on the "Nā Puke" (or "Books") tab and clicking on the filter options (e.g. Pae Hoʻomaka, Pae Waena, Pae Holomua, and Kumuʻike) to display the full list of books.


Kumukahi

A website featuring a bilingual, community-based approach to presenting living Hawaiian culture and its connections to a rich ancestral past. Explore more than 60 diverse topics— including mele, hula, and Laka —explained by cultural practitioners and community experts from across the pae ‘āina who have deep association with place and subject matter. Engaging videos, text pieces, and other educational activities and resources await you.


Huapala: Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives

This site provides song lyrics and translations for Hawaiian music.


Mele Project : Hawaiian music archive collection

Includes music resources, including The Island Music Source Book which is a collection of over 38,800 Hawaiian-music songs (through 1999), compiled by Brett Ortone.


Hula Preservation Society

HPS is a non-profit dedicated to documenting and sharing the amazing life stories of our eldest living Hula Masters and their efforts to perpetuate hula, so their legacies live on to inspire and educate generations to come in the authentic culture of Hawaiʻi. HPS conducts one-on-one oral histories and presents public panel discussions with beloved hula elders. They provide access to historic materials given to HPS by kūpuna and hālau themselves.