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Hawaiian News: Tribute to Uncle George

Etua Lopes Etua Lopes
Jacqueline "Skylark" Rossetti Jacqueline "Skylark" Rossetti
Uncle George Naope Uncle George Naope

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola crew got in early yesterday and talked with some of Hiloʻs own about last nightʻs tribute to Uncle George. Including some of his very own students who came all the way over from Kona to join in the festivities. Amy Kalili has more.

(Pehea hou aku e hoʻohanohano ʻia ai ka mea nâna i hoʻokumu i ka ʻaoʻao hula o ka hana nei ma waho aku o ka hula o kâna mau haumâna ponoʻî?)

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. What better way to honor Uncle George than through hula performed by his own students?

Ua komo aku he ‘elima o kâ ʻAnakala George mau haumâna me kâ lâkou mau hâlau i ka papahana.

The tribute featured five of Uncle George's haumâna and their hâlau.

Ma ka nânâ ʻana aku i nâ hâlau a kâ ʻAnakala mau haumâna, ua ʻike ʻia nô ke ʻano hakulau hoihoi nô hoʻi o ia mau poʻe hula.

As spectators watched the various hâlau, they enjoyed an interesting mix of styles.

This is what uncle left us. Uncle left us, like he said, "I donʻt want you to dance exactly like me, I want you to dance like you. We each have our own thing.

Etua Lopes

Kumu Hula, Hâlau Hula Nâ Pua Uʻi o Hawaiʻi

ʻO ia kona manaʻo. "Mai hoʻopili wale mai, e haku nô ʻoe i kâu kekahi."

Ua hoʻomaka ʻo Etua i ka hula me ʻAnakala George ma ʻô aku o ke 43 makahiki aku nei, a ua ʻuniki hoʻi ma lalo ona.

Etua started dancing for Uncle George over 43 years ago, and did ʻuniki, or officially graduate, as a kumu under him.

When Rae and I were there he was at his peak. He was so stern and strict, but gave us so much love.

Iâ mâua ʻo Rae me ia, ʻo ia kona wâ ʻoi kelakela. ʻOʻoleʻa akâ nui ke aloha.

Ua ʻâkoakoa kçia mau hâlau me nâ ʻohna, hoaaloha, me nâ mea hoʻokani pila no kçia hoʻomanaʻo ʻana iâ ʻAnakala George a me kâna mau hana i hana ai no ka hoʻôla a hoʻoikaika i ka hula ma o ka Mele Manaka.

Hâlau were joined by family, friends, and entertainers who gathered to honor Uncle George and all that he has done for hula and the Merrie Monarch.

You know uncle has always loved the Kalâkaua Era, he was the grandeur man.

Jacqueline "Skylark" Rossetti

Coordinator, Uncle George Nâʻope Tribute Concert

Puni i ia ʻano hiehie o ko Kalâkaua wâ.

No ‘Anakala George nô ka manaʻo o ka hula ma ka Mele Manaka ʻoiai na Kalâkaua nô i hoʻôla i ka hula.

Bringing hula into the Merrie Monarch festival was Uncle George's idea as Kalâkaua was the one who revived hula.

He ahiahi kûikawâ nô kçia no ke ao hula, ma muli hoʻi o ka hala ʻana aku nei o kekahi pou paʻa ʻç aʻe o ka hana Mele Manaka ʻo ʻAnakç Dottie Thompson lâua me kahi kumu hula no Hilo i aloha nui ʻia ʻo Rae Fonseca.

This was a very special night for the hula community, with the recent passing of the festival's matriarch Aunty Dottie Thompson and well-known Hilo Kumu Hula Rae Fonseca.

I think is seen as a time to heal and move forward to a beautiful week of hula and culture and arts.

He wâ hoʻoikaika a holomua i kçia wâ hoʻolauleʻa no ka ʻike kuʻuna Hawaiʻi.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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