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Park, Alice Pulu`elo Naipo

  
Kupuna Name:
Park, Alice Pulu`elo Naipo
Middle Names and Meaning:
Pulu`elo ( )
Birthday: Oct 12, 1924
Birth Place: Kohala, Hawai`i
   

Brief Biographical Summary:
Pulu`elo Park is from the Kohala area of the Big Island. Her early informal hula training came from family members there, including her aunties and Tutu MacDougal. Her subsequent teachers in Honolulu included Caroline Tuck, Mrs. Tuttle, Katie Nakaula, and Lökälia Montgomery, with whom she `üniki'd (graduated). In 1952 in Pälolo valley, Auntie Pulu opened Puamana Hula Studio, named after her first daughter. She later moved it to Hau`ula and then Kailua, where she became a fixture in the community for many decades. Since the early 1980's, Pulu`elo has also taught at Kainalu Elementary School (Kailua) in the Department of Education's Küpuna Program. Her final `üniki (graduation) rites were held in October, 2002, at Kë`ë, Kaua`i. 2002 marked the year she celebrated 50-years of teaching hula.

Visuals:
Hula interview with Auntie Pulu, Kailua, 2001
Teaching keiki at Kainalu Elementary, 2002
Being honored with a City & County Certificate for 50-year teaching career, Feb 2002
Kumu Park with Alaka`i Mälia Bird, Hilo, 2001
Lovely Auntie Pulu`elo, 2001
Surrounded by haumana, 2002
Blessing the studio of her new Kumu Malia Bird, Feb 2003

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