Princess Ka'iulani (he mele
VIDEO (live in Las Vegas)
National Flute Association Annual Conference, Caesars Palace, Pisa-Palermo Las Vegas, NV August 9, 2012 (Jennifer Grim)
College Music Society Pacific Southwest Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA February 12, 2011 (Jennifer Grim)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Novemeber 1, 2010 (Melanie Chirignan)
Lily Pad (Boston, MA): August 7, 2010 (Melanie Chirignan)
The meaning of the text may be understood as a reflection of Princess Ka‘iulani’s love for her kingdom [land (‘āina) and people (kānaka)], the anxiety and uncertainty (hopohopo) she may have felt when her kingdom was being overtaken, and the feeling of love she may have felt towards the young men she met during her time in Europe. The text may also be understood as a general expression of love or longing (nipo), and emotions that can sometimes coincide [such as anxiety and uncertainty (hopohopo)], and therefore it is subtitled “a love song” (he mele ho‘oipoipo). The Princess composed music and was said to have a lovely soprano voice.