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Former students honor late kumu hula George Naope

HONOLLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - The late kumu hula George Naope helped co-found the Merrie Monarch Festival in the 1960s. He was honored by the state as an official living legend for his contribution to the Hawaiian culture. This weekend a celebration of life will mark his passing.

Members of Halau Ke Kiai Ao joined us in studio this morning with an oli to honor him. Former student and kumu hula Kapiolani Hao spoke with Steve about the legacy Uncle George left behind.

"A Celebration of His Life" for George Lewis Lanakilakekiahiali'i Naope will be held in Hilo, Hawaii at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium on Friday November 6, 2009 from 1-9pm and on Saturday November 7, from 9am-5pm.

A Catholic Service will be held Friday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a Gift of Words from 6:30-7:30pm. All are invited to share a special memory of "Uncle."

The Saturday Service will be from 1-2 p.m. and will be a Hawaiian Service conducted by Kaniela Akaka.

The family thanks you for your kind words and loving memories of Uncle and welcomes you to celebrate his life with them.

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