Friday, November 19, 2010

MOKIF 2010: Ipu Heke Workshop

 
Aloha & Happy Friday! It's hard to believe only three weeks ago was the Moku O Keawe International Festival. Time sure flies. 

アロ~ハ!ハワイはやっと金曜日を迎えました!モク・オ・ケアヴェ/インターナショナル・フェスティバルが行われてからあれからすでに3週間が経ちました。あっという間ですね!

Today, I'm going to write briefly about the Ipu Heke Workshop taught by Kalim & Kuuleialoha Smith and Palala from Kauai. As you may know, ipu heke is a traditional Hawaiian instrument that is made by putting two gourds together and is used to provide rhythm and beat during a hula kahiko performance. This was a 2 day workshop, and it's pretty amazing to think that you can make your own ipu heke just in that time!

今日は先日参加したイプ・ヘケ・ワークショップの様子を簡単にご紹介いさせていただきます。イプ・ヘケとはひょうたんを二つ合わせて作ったハワイの伝統的な打楽器で、フラ・カヒコの際に使われます。二日間かけて自分のイプ・ヘケを 作ってしまう、なんてすごいですよね。先生はカリムとクウレイアロハ・スミス夫妻とカウアイ島のパララさんの三人でした。

 
When we went down to the beach to wash the gourds with salt water, we were greeted by a honu (turtle)! We really felt blessed! Mahalo nui honu for the aloha!

ひょうたんを塩水で’洗う為に海に行ったらなんとホヌ(亀)がちょうど波打ち際に泳いでいて、なんだかとってもハッピーな気分にさせてもらいました。亀さん、ありがとう!


 
It was definitely a hands-on workshop. You can see what great efforts were put in there!
実際に自分たちの手で作る、という作業をされる皆さんの奮闘振りをごらんください!







 
This is Kuuleialoha & Kalim, who tend to their organic ipu farm in California with aloha. Please visit their website and see their beautiful ipu heke products. With Kalim, who is of Native American ancestry, and Kuuleialoha with her Hawaiian Native ancestry, together they make something totally special!

こちらがイプ農園を運営しているお二人。カリフォルニアのオーガニック農園で大切に育てられたひょうたんは、ハワイアンのクウレイアロハさんと北米先住民の血を引くカリム先生が丹念にイプ・ヘケに仕上げます。アメリカ全米はもちろんのこと、カナダ、日本へも郵送可能だそうなのでぜひウェブサイトもごらんになってください!

And here are the students with their own hand-made ipu heke! Hope the ipu heke will beat many happy rhythm & beats! 
Me Ke Aloha,
 Reiko
そして生徒さん全員と無事完成した独自のイプ・ヘケと一緒に記念写真です!これからこのイプが多くのハッピーなリズムとビートを叩き続けますように♪
アロハを込めて、
玲子

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