Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Kī hōaʻlu: The New Renaissance of a Hawaiian Musical Tradition
This course has been cancelled for this academic year.
A style of guitar playing originally developed in the Hawaiian Islands during the early 1800s, kī hōʻalu, or Hawaiian slack key guitar, is an art form that has experienced exposure and popularity in Hawaiʻi and worldwide. Its rise in popularity coincides with the increased awareness, dissemination, and growth of political activism directly relating to Hawaiian culture. In this on-line, synchronously-taught seminar we will explore the musical, cultural, historical, and political perspectives of Hawaiian music in general, and kī hōʻalu in particular, through critical listening, readings, discussion, and a conversation with guest slack key artist and 6-time Grammy winner Daniel Ho. With kī hōʻalu as the focus, we will learn about Hawaiian music and history, and explore the relationship between performance, cultural expression, community, and identity.