WELL KNOWN TEACHER Of Hula to Open Studio on March 1
One of Hawaii’s best known teachers of the hula and directors of hula dancing, Tom Hiona, will open a new studio March 1. the studio is located at 1914 Kahai St., Kalihi.
For the past 15 years, Tom Hiona has been a leader in teaching both ancient and modern hula dances. He will instruct classes in all types of hula, including the following—pahu or drum dances, the olapa, uliuli or rattle gourd, puili or bamboo, iliili or pebble, ka kalaau or tapping sticks as well as modern dances.
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“Tom Hiona and his Huapalas” is a familiar phrase in local hula dancing circles. His troupes have performed at the opening of many of the hotels, night clubs and cafes and have appeared at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Lei Day programs, at the University of Hawaii and at the city hall and elsewhere.
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His pupils perform with grace, color and delicacy and their dances are authentic. He himself is an expert with the drums and other Hawaiian instruments.
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In 1940, Mr. Hiona took his troupe to the west coast and appeared at several well known clubs and cafes.
A student of the ancient forms of the hulas and the religious and ceremonial traditions on which many of them are based, Mr. Hiona was an instructor for the dancers in the Punahou pageant celebrating the centennial of Punahou school.
(Star-Bulletin, 2/27/1947, p. 27)