George Naope

George Naope

Uncle George Naope was a leading authority on hula. Known for his talents, fun-loving ways, and key role in founding the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, Uncle's love for hula was deeply rooted in the aloha he had for his homeland and its people. (1928-2009)
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Hula Preservation Society, Digital ʻUmeke, George Naope

Hula Preservation Society had the great honor to meet and work with Uncle George Naope during the twilight years of his life. It was through our founder Auntie Nona Beamer that we first got to know Uncle when aunite convinced him to participate in the very first HPS kūpuna panel held at Halauaola: World Conference on Hula in Hilo, Hawaiʻi in 2001. Auntie Puluelo Naipo Park joined Auntie Nona & Uncle George that day. Both Auntie Nona and Uncle George knew of each other through the hula world and through their work in the Waikīkī entertainment industry during the 1950s. The time HPS spent with Uncle George was an unforgettable experience and we got to know a different side of him as he shared his experiences in hula and in life. His collection at HPS consits of oral history materials including photos, video, and transcripts.

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