Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Special Tribute to Kumu Hula George Naope – Uncle George

A living legend in his own time, Kumu Hula George Naope died today at eighty-one. (click on photo for a larger image)

A beautifully gregarious and talented man, Uncle George, as he was best known, was very instrumental in bringing world recognition to Hawaiian hula. He attended the annual Merrie Monarch Festivals in Hilo every year.

I took this photo of him at the 2005 festival.

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