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

The empty gourd sounds the loudest, 1971.

Readers Forum

Hula Contest Judging

Editor, The Tribune-Herald:

This is the first time I have written a letter to the editor of any newspaper.

Just couldn’t resist Mr. Lanakila Brandt’s invitation in his letter to you about a Hula Contest, seeking a rebuttal or an augmentive comment.

Have neither to offer, but do have a comment:

How could he or anyone question the integrity of the judges made up of Masters of the Hula, such as Mrs. Lokalia Montgomery and Miss Iolani Luahine. 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

Hula program by Iolani Luahine, “beginning of a renaissance”.

Iolani Luahine Recreates Poetry Of Old Hawaii in Hula Recital

Iolani Luahine, premier exponent of the ancient hula, was presented to a capacity of audience at Mabel Smyth auditorium Tuesday night in  a program which might well prove to be the beginning of a renaissance for the rhythmic interpretative dances of the early Hawaiians.

The program will be repeated tonight.

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The large audience was deeply impressed and fascinated by the charm, subtlety, variety and ever changing color and mood of the dances.

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Atmosphere of the primitive in the Hawaiian people was greatly enhanced by the capable manipulation of the drum, gourd, conch-shell and other simple stage effects.

In this Lokalia Montgomery continuously supporter the soloist, and revealed an artistry worthy of the best exponents of these effects.

Kawena Pukui was the excellent narrator. Continue reading