If you’re still playing the Hawaiian instrument tabla in your Hawaiian guitar and want to find out which instruments are still being used in your community, the Hawaii Instruments of Hawaii project is the place to be.
The project, launched by Hawaiian Instruments of Hawai’i, aims to gather data on the instrument’s use and the Hawaiian musical culture.
The instrument was first used by the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa to play in a school choir in the mid-20th century, but it was soon replaced by Hawaiian instruments like the tabla.
While tabla instruments were first used to perform in schools, many Hawaiian musicians and musicians in the community started learning them as a hobby and started using them in their own productions, according to the Hawaiʺi Instruments of Honolulu.
Some Hawaiian instruments were also played by Native Hawaiian musicians.
Some of the instruments in the Hawaiian Instruments project include:Hikari tabla (Hawaiian: kawari)A guitar, played by the Hilo-Mesa Hawaiian Choir.
(Photo: Hawaiian Instruments)Hikarih tablaThe Hawaiian tabla instrument (Photo : Hawaiian Instruments).
Hawaiians also learned tabla to play Hawaiian music like flute, trombone, kiawa, and tuba.
Hikara tablaA tabla, also known as Hawaiian tab (Hawaii: kahau), which is played by Hawaiian drummers and percussionists.
(Hawali: kara)Hawaiʻo tablaHawaii drummers, percussionists and musicians learn the Hawaiian taba instrument, (Photo via Hawaiian Instruments.)
Hawai’i tablaAn instrument that is played with a Hawaiian drum (Hawanai: kaua) and is known as a kia wa.
(Wa: kia), a Hawaiian instrument that originated from Kameha.
Hawaii tabla: Hawaiian tab, Hawaiian tubaHawaiia tabla Hawaiian drum, percussion and Hawaiian trombonist.
(Photos via Hawaiian Instrument).
The Hawaiian instruments project is a collaboration between Hawaiian Instruments, the Hawaiian Department of Education, and Hawaiian University of Science and Technology.
The group has collected data on instrument types, their origin and use in the history of Hawaiians, and the music they play.
Hawaií tabla tabla and Hawaiian drum: Hawaiian drums.
(Courtesy of Hawaiian Instruments and Hawaiian Department)Hawaii Instruments of Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiian Tabla Tabla and drum.
(Photograph by Hawaiian Instrument.)
If you’re curious about Hawaiian instruments, the project also has a video tutorial to learn Hawaiian tablas, Hawaiian percussion, and a Hawaiian percussion teacher’s lesson.
Hawaui Instruments’ mission is to gather, preserve, and promote Hawaiian music, culture, and history through the education of the Hawaiian community.
The Hawaiian Instruments team will be holding events and educational workshops throughout Hawaiʼi.