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March 11, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The hula, one of Hawaii's best known cultural traditions, will take center stage when the Merrie Monarch Festival returns April 20-26 to the Big Island. The festival is named for King David Kalakaua , a 19th century Hawaiian leader whose nickname, the Merrie Monarch, stemmed from his passion for music and dance. Hilo, on the Big Island, is the host city for the 51-year-old weeklong celebration of ancient and modern hula dancing. The list of activities   begins with a performance by local hula dancers on the morning of April 20. Hula and folk dances from throughout the Pacific will be showcased on the evening of April 23. Activities on April 25 include a performance of ancient-style dances.
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April 1, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The hula is sometimes performed by dancers in grass skirts, but the connection between the dance and the land goes well beyond that, as visitors can discover next month when a hula master and a botanist team up for a field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii. Much of that day, April 11, will be spent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . At the Kilauea Overlook, hula master Ab Kawainohoikalai Valencia will lead a walk among the native grasses and flowering plants essential to hula.
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July 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Feel free to move about the cabin -- and hula. Twenty performers from San Francisco's Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu hula troupe stepped from their seats and started dancing on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu earlier this month. A video released by Hawaiian Airlines, above, shows the troupe singing "Ke Aloha" as well as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as music flows from the plane's speakers. Flash mobs often use airports as their stage, but there's something fun about the surprise factor at 38,000 feet in the air (unless you're trying to sleep or work)
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The hula, one of Hawaii's best known cultural traditions, will take center stage when the Merrie Monarch Festival returns April 20-26 to the Big Island. The festival is named for King David Kalakaua , a 19th century Hawaiian leader whose nickname, the Merrie Monarch, stemmed from his passion for music and dance. Hilo, on the Big Island, is the host city for the 51-year-old weeklong celebration of ancient and modern hula dancing. The list of activities   begins with a performance by local hula dancers on the morning of April 20. Hula and folk dances from throughout the Pacific will be showcased on the evening of April 23. Activities on April 25 include a performance of ancient-style dances.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The hula is sometimes performed by dancers in grass skirts, but the connection between the dance and the land goes well beyond that, as visitors can discover next month when a hula master and a botanist team up for a field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii. Much of that day, April 11, will be spent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . At the Kilauea Overlook, hula master Ab Kawainohoikalai Valencia will lead a walk among the native grasses and flowering plants essential to hula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2010 | Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service
Dorothy "Auntie Dottie" Thompson, who helped found and direct the Merrie Monarch Festival, Hawaii's most prestigious showcase for hula, died March 19 in Hilo after a long illness. She was 88. Thompson and George Na'ope co-founded the festival in 1964 with the intention of boosting tourism and cultural pride. Na'ope died in October at 81. The weeklong Merrie Monarch Festival, in Hilo's Edith Kanaka'ole Tennis Stadium, celebrates its 47th anniversary this year beginning April 4. Under Thompson's determined leadership, the festival remained little changed or modernized.
HEALTH
November 7, 2011 | By Roy M. Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Old core workout: Crunches and planks. New core workout: Almost anything, as long as it's an all-body movement that forces you to stabilize yourself. As the trend to functional fitness grows, activities that involve compound movements - such as kettlebell swings, heavy-rope whips, hula hooping, even a dumbbell bench press on an unstable surface - are increasingly recognized as terrific core builders that can improve posture and performance in all sports as well as reduce injuries.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Aloha Festivals, a staple of Oahu's festival calendar since 1946, returns to Honolulu next month in a celebration filled with food, tradition and music. The Aloha Festivals , one of the islands' biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center . This year's king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula. The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays.
TRAVEL
August 9, 2009 | Chris Erskine
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui is offering a fall special that cuts room rates to $143 per night, a 28% savings. Throw in its free nightly hula show and you've got yourself a deal. The deal: The offer runs from Aug. 21 to Dec. 22. Guests will have access to the hotel's free welcome breakfast their first day, as well as free daily cultural classes, including hula-dancing lessons, lei and ti leaf skirt-making classes, and lau (leaf) printing. Hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and golf are also available.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2012 | By Mike Morris
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Oahu visitors can experience the music and dance Hawaiians enjoyed before the arrival of white settlers at an event on Feb. 1. “Pre-contact Hawaii: Hula Kahiko, Mele & Oli” will feature an evening of stories, ancient hula, chants and songs at the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu 's Capitol Historic District. The site preserves two of the oldest houses in the islands, built and used by Christian missionaries who arrived in the early 1800s. The celebration gets underway with a free panel discussion from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by cultural performances.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Aloha Festivals, a staple of Oahu's festival calendar since 1946, returns to Honolulu next month in a celebration filled with food, tradition and music. The Aloha Festivals , one of the islands' biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center . This year's king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula. The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays.
WORLD
May 2, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
You may think your kid is a princess, but in New Zealand , you can't name her that. Not officially, anyway. "Princess" is on a lengthy list of names banned in the last six months by the New Zealand government, which requires parents to register the names of their newborns. Under the rules, you cannot give your offspring a name that is excessively lengthy, offensive or includes an official title “without adequate justification,” the Australian Associated Press reports.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2012 | By Mike Morris
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
HEALTH
November 7, 2011 | By Roy M. Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Old core workout: Crunches and planks. New core workout: Almost anything, as long as it's an all-body movement that forces you to stabilize yourself. As the trend to functional fitness grows, activities that involve compound movements - such as kettlebell swings, heavy-rope whips, hula hooping, even a dumbbell bench press on an unstable surface - are increasingly recognized as terrific core builders that can improve posture and performance in all sports as well as reduce injuries.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Feel free to move about the cabin -- and hula. Twenty performers from San Francisco's Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu hula troupe stepped from their seats and started dancing on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu earlier this month. A video released by Hawaiian Airlines, above, shows the troupe singing "Ke Aloha" as well as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as music flows from the plane's speakers. Flash mobs often use airports as their stage, but there's something fun about the surprise factor at 38,000 feet in the air (unless you're trying to sleep or work)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2008
THANK you for the terrific story on Bob Watt ["It's His Horn of Plenty," Jan. 20] and his plans to carry on after his career with the L.A. Phil, and the photos by Ringo H.W. Chiu were wonderful. But what did that example, concerning Mr. Watt playing an outdoor concert in a Helsinki, Finland park, have to do with anything? That someone came up to him dribbling a basketball doesn't seem out of line. What about the people who dared to approach him with picnic baskets or hula hoops or even kites?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2011 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Gretchen Clarke, who with her husband, Waltah, built what was once the nation's largest retailer of aloha wear, has died. She was 78. Clarke died Jan. 22 of kidney failure at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, her son Cameron said. Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shops started in the 1950s and grew to more than 30 stores on the mainland and in Hawaii. His first store opened in Palm Springs in 1952 before the Clarkes met, but over the years Gretchen designed most of the company's clothes and prints and "ran the business," Cameron said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2011 | Alexandra Zavis
With gas prices on the rise, Cherie Bolger ditched her SUV and started riding a bicycle to work. It's not a pleasant experience, normally. If a motorist doesn't cut her off, someone opens a car door in front of her, said the 44-year-old mother of two from Silver Lake. But for five blissful hours Sunday, Bolger, her family and thousands of other self-propelled Angelenos had the run of the road -- not a car in sight. The city's second CicLAvia event closed 7 1/2 miles of roadway to traffic, turning streets usually choked with cars and exhaust into a playground for bikers, skateboarders, runners, dog-walkers, in-line skaters and hula-hoopers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2011 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Gretchen Clarke, who with her husband, Waltah, built what was once the nation's largest retailer of aloha wear, has died. She was 78. Clarke died Jan. 22 of kidney failure at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, her son Cameron said. Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shops started in the 1950s and grew to more than 30 stores on the mainland and in Hawaii. His first store opened in Palm Springs in 1952 before the Clarkes met, but over the years Gretchen designed most of the company's clothes and prints and "ran the business," Cameron said.
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