Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hula Sisters | Hana Hou! Magazine

It was so lovely meeting Leilani and Puanani Alama for this current Hana Hou! Magazine cover story. The legendary Alama sisters are incredibly sweet and their passion for teaching hula is an inspiration. Puanani and Leilani are two of the oldest active kumu hula alive today, teaching hula for the past 70 years and still weekly at each of their Oahu studios.

Leilani playing ukulele for her hula students as they dance.

Puanani and Leilani Alama in Leilani's studio with her hula students who have studied devotedly with her for many years.

The sisters dancing at the Queen Emma Summer Palace grounds.

Leilani, 87, still teaches hula five days a week at her Kaimuki studio she opened in 1943 when she was just 18 years old.

Puanani, 82, in her studio holding the 1950's 'Lovely Hula Hands' album cover - that's her on the cover and the image behind.

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