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Upon investigation, they were amazed to find that the chants came not from Hasidim cantillating but from Hindu soldiers in service of the British army!
Now and then she would add her own low tones to our untrained vocalizing, crooning or cantillating the tune as if she were musing aloud.
Granting, then, as we must, the accuracy of Captain King's statement, the conclusion to which the author of this paper feels forced is that since the time of the learned doctor's visit to these shores, more than one hundred and twenty-eight years ago, the art and practice of singing or cantillating after the old fashion has declined among the Hawaiians.
While the girls are making their simple toilet and donning their unique, but scanty, costume, the kumu, aided by others, soothes the impatience of the audience and stimulates their imagination by cantillating a mele that sets forth in grandiloquent imagery the praise of the pa-ú.
_Kawele_ (ka-wé-le) -- a manner of cantillating in a distinct and natural tone of voice; about the same as _ko'i-honua_ (p. 58).
Aside from the linguistic challenges they pose, these ancient artificial, noncewords, with their sonorous, cantillating, rhyming, and rhythmical variations on phonetic themes, have intrigued and fascinated scholars who try to divine the rules governing their formation.