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Billy V: Na Hula Festival

(HawaiiNewsNow) - On this edition of "Billy V," we have some entertainment headlines as well as a local event that's coming up.

The Na Hula Festival is the longest-running annual hula event in Hawaii. Its founder was the late Aunty Lei Collins, a noted Hawaiian singer, dancer and composer who supervised activities at the city's parks for many years, beginning in the 1930s.

Back in the day, because the Royal Hawaiian Band went on vacation the entire month of August, Aunty Lei thought hula would provide great entertainment in its place. Thus, the Na Hula Festival was born.

This weekend, 88-year-old Leilani Alama and her sister Puanani, 83, will be among the dancers at the Na Hula Festival just as they have been every year since the event's inception in 1941. Check it out Saturday and Sunday at Kapiolani Park.

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