George Na’ope, 81, dies
Cultural icon was co-founder of Merrie Monarch Festival
George Na’ope was small in stature — an early nickname was “Menehune” — but a giant of hula and Hawaiian culture.
“Uncle George,” a revered kumu hula, singer, dancer, chanter, and a co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival, died Monday of cancer in his Waiakea Uka home.
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