From the fabled ʻulu shade of Lele, to the gray cliffs of
Kāʻanapali, and the icy waters of ʻĪao, you have arrived (at
least metaphorically) in West Maui. With this book of mele,
containing lyrics, translations, and musical notations of
more than eighty of the most beloved songs about this
celebrated area, you are also located at the intersection of
Hawaiian-language poetry and vocal delivery. Mele, those
capsules of artfully compressed and embedded knowledge,
carry stories of place, time, and people—in this case, those
belonging to the ʻāina of the West Maui mountains. And
when mele are taken beyond the page and onto your
tongue, you—your thoughts, emotions, and experiences—
are woven into the mele itself, and there is life. May you
find life in this expression of aloha ‘āina.
Edited by performers and composers Nicholas and Zachary
Lum and published by the North Beach-West Maui Benefit
Fund in collaboration with Kamehameha Publishing.
Companion CD features a selection of twelve mele
from the collection performed by Project Kuleana, Nāpua
Greig, Josh Tatofi, Uluwehi Guerrero, Iwalani
Hoʻomanawanui Apo, Cody Pueo Pata, Mihana Souza,
Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, Carmen Hulu Lindsey, Ikaika
Blackburn, Kamaka Kukona, and Kealiʻi Reichel.