Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
This project investigates Hawaiian music history, genres, and traditions to define “authentic” Hawaiian music with the goal of preservation and proper representation. The first section is a comprehensive outline of Hawaiian music history, including both ancient and modern forms of music. Many parts of Hawaiian music history are widely influenced by the continuous colonialism by Europeans and Americans. The second section traces the musical history of the song, “Aloha ‘Oe.” By tracing its evolution through time, it is easy to understand the many changes, modifications, and influences that shaped it over throughout history since its creation in 1884. The two sections, in conclusion, highlight the important aspects of authentic Hawaiian music and how that translates into preserving Hawaiian musical traditions and proper representation.