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Retrospective On ’80s Hula Legends At PCC

A look back at hula figures from the 1980s, Na Makua Mahalo ‘Ia, is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. July 20 in Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Theatre (IMAX), featuring rare film footage from the Laie venue’s 1980-1989 concert series.

The free showcase is in collaboration with the Kaneohe-based Hula Preservation Society, which has helped to preserve the 3/4-inch videotapes – the standard at the time. Calling it a work in progress, the nonprofit HPS is working to digitalize the entire series and preserve it for the public.

Produced by Ishmael Stagner, the concerts included legendary talents, many of whom have passed on: Auntie Alice Namakelua, Bill Ali’iloa Lincoln, Sally Wood Naluai, Alvin Isaacs, Genoa Keawe, John K. Almeida, Kent Ghirard, Alex Anderson, Sol Bright, Kawai Cockett and mother Rachel Mahuiki, Blossom Clark and daughter Olana Ai, the Farden and Beamer families, the Kanaka’ole Ohana, the Long family of Maui, ‘Iolani Luahine and more.

Laie native dancer Queenie Ventura Dowsett, a student of Luahine, will be a special guest at the screening. To RSVP for reserved seating, call 247-9440 by July 15.