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Auntie Queenie’s hula roots were planted from an early age by her mother, Sophie Kalili, a kumu herself. As a teenager in the 1940s, she met ʻIolani Luahine (1918-1978), a renowned woman of hula, and her life was changed forever. (1930- )
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Auntie Nona was an inspiring woman who embodied leadership with aloha. Her unwavering desire to learn, steadfast strength in the face of adversity, and sweet and kind nature touched the hearts of many. (1923-2008)
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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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Auntie Kahili felt great pride in her Maui roots and Long ʻOhana hula lineage. She lived a long life and was a treasured elder whose insights, talents, knowledge, and down-to-earth nature endeared her to those who knew and loved her. (1918-2012)
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Auntie Puluelo was originally from Kohala, Hawaiʻi Island, but she is best known as a beloved Kumu of Kailua, Oʻahu. Firmly rooted in family values, Auntie Pulu always looked to her ʻohana and ancestors for guidance. (1924-2004)
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Uncle George was fiercely dedicated to his culture. He was beloved by many who were captured by his pleasant and caring personality, and inspired by his lifelong commitment to the perpetuation of hula. (1930–2006)