The traditional relationship between mele and oli is addressed as
well as the relatively recent impact of outside influence upon
Hawaiian vocal heritage. The class explores several distinctive
vocalization techniques practiced by Hawaiians from the distant past to the
present day. When performed by the mea oli (chanter), these vocal
techniques enhance the language of the poetry being chanted and can evoke
emotional responses in the listener. The object of the class is for
students to be able to distinguish between various oli styles and their
Class handouts cover summaries of vocalization techniques, oli styles
and a discography.
A mele oli is taught to the students.
By the conclusion of the workshop, the students will have gained an increased
understanding and appreciation of oli when listening to this beautiful and
distinctive vocal art form.