Response to “uneducated Haole in the art of Hula,” 1971.

Readers Forum

Hula Festival

Editor, The Tribune-Herald:

The obviously sincere, and marvelously “uneducated Haole in the art of Hula” who took me to task (Readers Forum 5/9) should spend a little time in research and study before he seeks to comment on anything connected with the Hawaiian culture. However:

1—I did sincerely regret the time necessary to tune my guitar; my 3-year old had, apparently, been ‘helping’ me tune just prior to our performance; Continue reading

Commentary in response to the first Merrie Monarch Hula Competition, 1971.

Hula Contest

By LANAKILA’ BRANDT

I am writing as chief instructor of the Lanakila’ Brandt Dancers, a participating halau hula in the recent Miss Hula Hawaii Contest and its companion Group Competition, conducted as an adjunct to the 1971 Merry Monarch Festival.

I wish, first of all, to congratulate hula festival coordinator George Naope and his Committee for giving life to a most fervent wish often expressed over the years by the writer and many other hula people: Mahalo a-nui loa e ka Haku ame ke Komike! Continue reading

Rules established for Merrie Monarch Hula Competition, 1971.

For MM Festival

Miss Hula Hawaii Contest Scheduled

The Merry Monarch Festival Committee will conduct a special contest this year for Miss Hula Hawaii, coordinator George Naope has announced.

Contestants, he said, should be between the ages of 18 and 25 and unmarried. Continue reading

First hula competition at Merrie Monarch Festival, 1971.

Oahuans Dominate Festival Hula Dancing Competition

Three thousand persons watched for four and one-half hours Saturday night as some 360 of the best hula dancers in the Islands performed for the Merry Monarch.

The event, reminiscent of King Kalakaua’s 1883 hula-filled coronation, climaxed the five-day Merry Monarch Festival.

Aloha Wong of Kaneohe, Oahu won the title “Miss Hula Hawaii” at the glistening pageant. Continue reading

First hula competition at Merrie Monarch Festival? 1967.

Fifth Hula Festival Scheduled Friday

The Fifth Annual Hula Festival, sponsored by the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Hilo Civic Auditorium.

The Hula Pageant, under the direction of Mrs. Piilani Nahiwa, will be held in conjunction with the Merry Monarch Festival and Pageant. Continue reading

Old School, 1983.

George Naope performs at the 1982 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo: “My type of dancing is not commercial. But it reflects the inner feeling; I guess it’s because I come from the old school…”

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“Hawaiian Heritage Culture Revue,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waikiki Shell, will feature a number of Hawaiian acts including the eminent George Naope and his Kona Gardens School of Hawaiian Arts.

Hawaii Talents International is presenting the evening of Hawaiian songs and dances, which also will feature:

  • The Dela Cruz Brothers, with the Na Opio Koolau Dancers.
  • Ka Ua Kilihune, spotlighting male hula, with Al Barcarse.
  • The Nuuanu Brothers, blending Hawaiian and contemporary music with comedy.
  • Kawai Liula Halau, led by Chiky Mahoe.
  • Kimo Kahoano, master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $12 for reserved seats, $10 for the terrace section, and $8 for general admission. Tickets are available at the Neal Blaisdell Center box office and at STAR outlets.

Boone Morrison photos

wayne
harada

entertainment editor

George Naope: kumu from ‘the old school’

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Merrie Monarch Festival Pageant, 1964.

Pageant on Royalty Slated April 2 in Hilo

Past Aloha Week kings and queens of the Big Island will be honored during the Merry Monarch Festival pageant—”Hawaii’s Crowns”—April 2 at the Hilo Armory.

The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be open to the public at no cost.

“Hawaii’s Crowns” was written and staged by George Naope and will present Hawaii’s royalty from Kamehameha I to Queen Liliuokalani. Narrating will be Mrs. Elizabeth Beamer Dahlberg. Continue reading