The cadencing of a musical phrase in Hawaiian song was marked by a peculiarity all its own.
The six-four chord may be used at the close as the cadencing tonic six-four chord.
late 14c., "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from Middle French cadence, from Old Italian cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," literally "a falling," from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from neuter plural of Latin cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally for "an act of falling." A doublet of chance (n.).