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August 5, 2002 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every wiggle tells a story. At least that's what two hula groups purported to do on Friday at California Plaza's Water Court. Under a brightly shining noontime sun, the locally based Hula Halau O Kamuela Elua, directed by Kunewa Mook, presented a mostly educational program, as Mook sang, played the ukulele and talked about everything from leis to his travel itinerary (he heads halaus--hula schools--in Burbank and Hawaii).
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August 13, 2001 | JENNIFER FISHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While watching the exquisite progressive hula choreographed by Patrick Makuakane on Friday night at California Plaza in downtown L.A., it was easy to think of the best answer to what is my favorite kind of dance: "Good dance, no matter what the genre." Of course, it's easy to admire the soft curves and sharp sways of Hawaiian dance in all its forms; even the glitziest tourist destinations now often feature performers from reputable halaus (hula schools).
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August 5, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
There is a wonderful documentary to be done about hula dancing, that sexy, feminine, macho, ancient, modern, thoroughly captivating and expressive form of dance that celebrates the culture and land of Hawaii. Alas, tonight's "P.O.V." installment, "American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii," is not it. Filmmakers Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens have followed three hula teachers in California as they instruct Hawaiian transplants and curious mainlanders.
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April 5, 2004 | Sara Wolf, Special to The Times
Bertolt Brecht's dictum that art is not a mirror but a hammer came to mind at the Southern California premiere of the provocative dance theater piece "The Natives Are Restless" Friday night at the Carpenter Center.
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August 5, 2001 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, Victoria Looseleaf is a regular contributor to Calendar
The sweet smell of plumeria, swaying palm trees and seductive, shimmying hips--add chanting or ukulele music and you've got hula, right? For Patrick Makuakane, who was born and raised in Honolulu and began studying hula at age 13, the equation adds up differently.
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January 1, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic; Chris Pasles; Diane Haithman; Mark Swed; Lewis Segal; Randy Lewis; Kevin Crust; Robin Rauzi; Kevin Bronson
When it comes to entertainment, we live in the land of plenty. To start the new year right, we offer for your consideration 52 reasons to celebrate 2004. Culled from across the region's film, dance, music, art, sports and cultural landscape, we've narrowed the field.
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