HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a huge loss for the world of Hula when beloved kumu hula Aloha Dalire died early Wednesday morning, surrounded by her family in Kaneohe.
Dalire was 64 years old, and was the original "miss hula" and a major presence at the Merrie Monarch festival with her halau for four decades.
She began studying hula at three years old and was taught by the late hula master George Na'ope and would go on to become a kumu hula herself. Dalire often took the top spot in the women's kahiko and auana categories.
Aloha led 42 years of Miss Aloha hula winners at a reunion photo shoot for the festival's 50th anniversary in 2013, which included three of her own daughters.
Following in their mother's footsteps, Kapualokeokalaniakea, Kau'imaiokalaniakea and Keolalaulani won the Miss Aloha Hula title in 1991, 1992 and 1999.
The family is asking for privacy during this difficult time, but Dalire will always be remembered, and she survives through her daughters and 16 grandchildren.