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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kumu hula Kilohana Silve, front center, and dancers from her Halau Hula O Manoa demonstrate a dance at her Manoa home. Silve and the dancers are heading to Paris for the first Festival Arts d'Hawai'i, which is being hosted by the kumu hula's nonprofit organization.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kumu hula Kilohana Silve and kupuna dancers in her Halau Hula O Manoa stand in her attic alongside photos and paintings of the halau in Paris. Silve spent 28 years in Paris, where she helped reshape the French view of Hawaiian culture. One of her accomplishments included establishing Halau Hula O Manoa in 1992.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM "The halau was born in France and it seemed natural to show how we embrace French culture as well as how (the French) embrace Hawaiian culture." --Kilohana Silve, Kumu hula
COURTESY PHOTO The first and only halau in France, Halau Hula O Manoa, was started by Kilohana Silve in 1992. Silve says many of her students in Paris have come to visit her on Oahu since she moved back in 2005.