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Holokai, George Ainsley Kananiokeakua

  
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Kupuna Name:
Holokai, George Ainsley Kananiokeakua
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Middle Names and Meaning:
Kananiokeakua ( The beauty of god )
Birthday: July 2, 1930
Birth Place: Honolulu
   

Brief Biographical Summary:
George Holokai was born on July 2, 1930 in Honolulu. He was a student and later alaka`i of Tom Hiona, whose hula studio was located on Beretania Street in the 1940's and 50's. In 1955, Kumu Lillian Maka`ena selected him to impart her knowledge to before she died. While studying with Kumu Maka`ena, he was forbidden to drink alcohol or marry. He also studied informally under Mary Kawena Puku`i, Pat Namaka Bacon, Pele Suganuma, and Daddy Bray. He considers his hula today to be an extension of the Tom Hiona style.

Visuals:
George Holokai sharing his love of hula, Honolulu, 2002
Uncle George chanting a Hula Pahu "`Au`a `Ia"
Kumu Hula George Holokai
Uncle George instructing at hula workshop

Chants Discussed
Ho`i Kealoha i Ni`ihau (Love returns to Ni`ihau)
 

Hula Types Discussed
Hula Ali`i (Dance for chief or monarch)
Hula Wahi Pana (Dance for legendary or historic places)
 

Implements/Instruments Discussed
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