Hula Girls still spreading aloha in wake of disaster
By Allison Schaefers
May 27, 2012
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COURTESY SPA RESORT HAWAIIANS Dancers from the Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki City, Japan, were the official good will ambassadors for the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Okinawa this weekend. The popular Hula Girls, some of whom lost family members and homes in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting nuclear crisis, have become symbols to many in Japan of the country’s recovery.
ALLISON SCHAEFERS / ASCHAEFERS@STARADVERTISER.COM Misaki Yajima, 9, of Tokyo, dreams of becoming a member of the Hula Girls dance troupe and eagerly awaits the dancers after a show at the Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki City. The troupe’s allure in Japan is part of the reason that the dancers were named the good will ambassadors for the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting.