Sacred Text: The Power of Oli

Sunday, January 9, 2011: 8:30 AM
Room 303 (Hynes Convention Center)
Momi Kamahele , University of Hawaiʻi-Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI
The Hawaiian poetic expression called oli was used in all aspects of life in traditional times. Widely known as Hawaiian chant, its poetry celebrated life and all its struggles, and instructed the people in history, culture, politics, religion and economics. This article examines three Hawaiian chants by analyzing their use in traditional times, and their appropriation today.
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