Ipu Heke ʻOle (Single Gourd Drum) Trailer - ʻIke Hana Noʻeau Series

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park


The rhythmic beat of the ipu heke ʻole, single gourd drum, is prominent in hula kahiko (traditional hula). Crafting an ipu heke ʻole is an intricate process that involves growing and shaping the gourds, hand pollinating the plants, and constructing trellises so they grow to produce a beautiful sound. The gourd helps hula dancers tell their story and share the sounds of the islands. The ipu heke ʻole is more than an instrument, it is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.


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