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Hula community loses Rae Fonseca

Rae Fonseca Rae Fonseca
Aloha Delire Aloha Delire

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another heartbreak for the hula community.

Kumu hula Rae Fonseca passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon.

Emergency Medical Services says they got the call to Ko Olina around 2:30 p.m.

Friends say the 56-year old was performing at a hula festival.

When he was done and walking off the stage he then collapsed.

Uncle Rae was taken to Saint Francis West where he died.

We spoke with a close friend of Fonseca's who says his death comes as a shock.

"Because for me I just spent a whole day with him in Hilo on Wednesday then I got the call saying that he collapsed at a performance upon completion of a performance and so I rushed down here", says close friend Aloha Delire.

"It'll be missed because he's not there, Uncle's not there but I'm sure the halau will do their best in keeping it going", added Delire.

Kumu hula Rae Fonseca's halau were big winners at the 2009 Merrie Monarch Festival winning awards in 3 categories.

He was 56 years old.

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