Sacred Hula: The Historical Hula ʻĀlaʻapapa
Amy Kuʻuleialoha Stillman
Softcover, 83 pp.
Hula ʻālaʻapapa is a little-known hula genre of the Kamehameha Dynasty which predates "modern" hula kuʻi of the Kalākaua era. In a systematic interpretation of archival documentation on structure and associated mele (songs and chants), as well as performance parameters continually transmitted to the present, Stillman lays the foundation for exploration into this significant corpus of hula repertoire.