CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2009 |
George Na'ope, a guardian of native Hawaiian culture who taught traditional hula dance and chanting to generations of students and introduced the ancient art forms to new audiences, has died. He was 81. Na'ope, who in 2006 was honored with a National Heritage Fellowship award by the National Endowment for the Arts, died Oct. 26 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, after battling cancer. His death was announced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Na'ope (pronounced nah-OH-peh) co-founded the Merrie Monarch Festival, a celebration of hula held annually since the early 1960s in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2008 |
Nona Beamer, a noted authority on Hawaiian culture and matriarch of the musical Beamer family, has died. She was 84. Beamer, a songwriter, performer, hula teacher and author, died in her sleep early Thursday at her home on Maui, said Mark Nelson, administrator of Aloha Music Camp, which Beamer founded and operated with her son Keola, a Grammy-nominated slack-key guitar artist. Nelson said he and Keola Beamer were on tour, which has now been canceled.
August 20, 2000 |
The two dozen kids were too busy to pay much attention to the spectacular Hawaiian sunset glowing orange and pink. They were industriously stringing fresh-flower leis and weaving palm-leaf fish. Some were bowling on the grass and playing tug of war as the surf crashed behind them. Others were practicing saying their names in Hawaiian, or munching taro fries, teriyaki steak, fried mahi-mahi or fresh pineapple.
September 2, 1999 |
A hula and chant festival or a hula and chant competition. These were the two options facing the Fullerton-based Na Mamo when the Hawaiian organization began considering the type of cultural event it wanted to present. "Initially we thought a festival would be much more friendly," says Na Mamo member and marketing director Bernadette Ahuna. "But we decided to make it a competition so that people would see something more authentic since the participants would be rated and critiqued.
March 17, 1996 |
Lured by the famous "Hawaii Calls" radio broadcasts emanating from Honolulu's grand old Ala Moana Hotel, my grandparents visited Waikiki back in the 1940s, when it was nothing but a pristine, underpopulated beach stretching to Diamond Head. Hawaii became my family's occasional getaway from the eternal drizzle of our Washington hometown, a Finnish logging hamlet so sleepy the county dump closed forever in 1987 for lack of revenue.
March 16, 1994 |
The growth of Orange County's international business community not only expands trade, it also exposes executives and workers to new and different ways of doing things. Employees of South Coast Acura in Costa Mesa received a lesson in cultural diversity Tuesday as they watched a traditional Hawaiian purification and blessing ceremony held to help ease the dealership's move into its new facility.