Funeral held for Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire

Funeral held for Kumu Hula Aloha Dalire

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands from all over Hawaii and the world remembered legendary hula dancer, Aloha Dalire.

The funeral service for the beloved Kumu Hula was held Wednesday afternoon at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe. It included music by Robert Cazimero and Jerry Santos. And, of course, there was hula.

"It was beautiful," says Dalire's daughter, Kau'i Dalire.

A procession after the service wound through parts of Kaneohe and included a stop at Aloha Dalire's first Hula Halau on Kamehameha Highway. That location is now a studio for her eldest daughter, Kapua Dalire-Moe.

Another stop was at the studio on Kahuhipa Street, which Dalire still used.

The 64-year old Kumu Hula died earlier this month.

Dalire began studying hula at the age of three in her mother's halau.

She made history when she became the Merrie Monarch Festival's first Miss Hula in 1971.

She continued taking her halau to the festival for more than 40 years. Her three daughters followed in her footsteps all winning the title.

"My mom was an amazing woman," says Kau'i Dalire, the second daughter.

Dalire's legacy now lives on through her granddaughters.

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