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Akoi, Rhea

  
Kupuna Name:
Akoi, Rhea
Middle Names and Meaning:
Kalani`öpu`upo`ohunaikeaopolihiwa ( )
Birthday: June 20, 1927
Birth Place: Hilo, Hawai`i
   

Brief Biographical Summary:
Rhea Akoi has lived in Keaukaha since 1930. She began studying hula with Rose Kuamo`o as a young girl and performed with her during the 30's. She worked at HECO from 1946-1955 and taught music at Keaukaha School for 22 years, retiring in 1989. That same year, she published a book entitled "Ku`u Home I Keaukaha." She married Robert Akoi in 1948 and has five children and 17 grandchildren (as of 2001). She is active with Alu Like's Ke Ola Pono Kupuna Program.

Visuals:
Auntie Rhea singing one of her songs, Keaukaha, 2001
Cover of Rhea Akoi's book, published in 1989

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