Interviewer: What is being performed?
Informant: Whistling at Night by Rayna Koishikawa
Interviewer: What is the background information about the performance? Why do you know or like this piece? Where or who did you learn it from?
Informant: My Kumu (hula teacher) told us whistling at night summons night maschess (ghosts of Hawaiian warriors)
Interviewer: What country and what region of that country are you from?
Informant: Maui, HI
Interviewer: Do you belong to a specific religious or social sub group that tells this story?
Informant: I don’t belong to this group but it is a Hawaiian superstition.
Interviewer: Where did you first hear the story?
Informant: My Kumu
Interviewer: What do you think the origins of this story might be?
Informant: Hawaiian legend
Interviewer: What does it mean to you?
Informant: Childhood superstition
Context of the performance– Talking with a classmate before class
Thoughts about the piece– Whistling is thought to bring bad luck in Russian, Japanese and many other cultures. I’ve heard warnings not to whistle in kitchens (French Revolution origins) or while sailing (New England- whistle up a storm). Here is another version of the Night Marchers of Hawaii: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/hawaiian-legends_n_3898664.html
More Hawaiian superstitions at: http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/your-must-know-list-hawaii%E2%80%99s-diverse-local-superstitions