HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Auntie Dottie touched countless lives across the state, including many on Oahu.
Kumu Hula Olana Ai teaches her young students the intricate moves of hula. It's these kinds of lessons that will forever carry on Auntie Dottie's legacy.
"I think she would like to be remembered as someone who loved hula, who supported hula, who gave her life to hula," Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine said.
She wasn't a dancer or even Hawaiian, but Kumu Hula say she was one of the biggest supporters of the art.
"It's a loss for me for both of those people who got me involved in Merrie Monarch is Dottie Thompson and George Naope, the two of them, hand in hand and they are hand in hand, today," Close friend Kimo Kahoano said.
Kumu Hula Ai says Auntie Dottie was stern, yet kind and very gentle. Another Kumu Hula tells us she could take a lot of stress and yet keep her composure and to her, every little detail counts and rules meant everything.
It's said that trying to change the rules at the Merrie Monarch is like an act of congress.
"Such a beautiful Hawaiian spirit and think that's what's going to remain there in that spot she's always in, we're all going to miss her, but I think she's going to be there," Miss Aloha Hula contestant Delys Recca said.
Kumu Hula Manu Boyd recalls a time when she didn't let his band go onstage because they had one too many members.
"After the competition, Auntie Dottie, what happened, they didn't tell us in rehearsal, she said, Manu, read the rules," Boyd said.
Hawaiian music living legend Karen Keawehawaii says Auntie Dottie will live on forever in youths across the state who take part in hula.
"It's like paying the toll at the bridge, you have somebody to answer to, she may not be here, but she is," she said.
Others like Kahoano agree.
"Such a beautiful, wonderful lady, a giant, a giant," Kahoano said.
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