Nâ Pila / Musical Instruments

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pila `ume`ume

accordion

`ume`ume = tugging

pila

any musical instrument, but esp. strings

 

pila `aha

any string musical instrument

`aha = cord, string

pila hâpa, hâpa pa`a lima

autoharp

hâpa = harp, from the English.

`ûpoho, kukima

bagpipe

`ûpoho = sound made by clapping body with cupped hands

panakiô

banjo

 

panakiôlele

banjolele

banjo + `ukulele

pila kû nui, pila nui

bass viol, string bass

kû = stand; nui = large

pû keleawe

brass instrument

keleawe = brass

pû koa

bugle

Lit., soldier horn

kalioneke

clarinet

 

pû pihi poko

cornet

pihi = button; poko = short

pahu

drum

 

`ohekani puluka, puluka

flute

 

pû puhi Palani

French horn

Palani = French

kîkâ

guitar

 

pila puhipuhi

harmonica

puhipuhi =blowing

hâpa

harp

 

pû ho`okani

horn

Lit., sound-making horn

nî `au kani

Jew’s harp

nî `au = midrib of coconut front

melokiana

melodeon

 

`okana

organ

 

piano

piano

 

kakopone, pû kakopone

saxophone

 

pû puhi uai

trombone

uai = sliding

pû pihi

trumpet

Lit., horn with buttons

pila kuolo, waiolina

violin, fiddle

kuolo=rubbing.

`ukulele

`ukulele

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pû `o`ohe

woodwind instrument

 

 

Nâ Hâme`a / Gadgets, Thingamajigs, Gizmos, Doohickies

`ûmi`i kaula

capo, as used on fretted instruments to raise the pitch of all strings.

pahu

case

ana manawa

metronome

pohokuikilani

music box

hao ho`okani, (ke) `ô ho`okani

tuning fork

 

 

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