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Kika KilaHow the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music$
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John W. Troutman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627922

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627922.001.0001

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Guitar Culture In The Hawaiian Kingdom

Guitar Culture In The Hawaiian Kingdom

(p.10) 1 Guitar Culture In The Hawaiian Kingdom
Kika Kila

John W. Troutman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the introduction and history of the Spanish guitar within the political and cultural contexts of the Hawaiian Kingdom during the mid- to late-eighteenth century. It demonstrates the musical dynamism in Honolulu, in the Kamehameha Schools, and in other places in the Hawaiian Islands that prefigured the development of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and it contextualizes the emerging Hawaiian “guitar culture,” then, that Hawaiians deployed to resist American efforts to undermine the kingdom. It also features the tensions between Calvinist missionaries, foreign sailors, and Hawaiians over hula and other musical practices, including hula ku‘i, a form of Hawaiian musical expression promoted by King David Kalākaua and defined by the use of guitars, ‘ukuleles, taro patch fiddles, and other stringed instruments newly utilized in the Islands.

Keywords:   Calvinist Missionaries, Honolulu, Hula, Spanish Guitar, Hawaiian Kingdom, Hula Ku‘i, ‘Ukulele, Taro Patch, Kamehameha School, David Kalākaua

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