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Regal honor

    Three kupuna will receive the Kukui o Lota award in recognition of their contributions to the perpetuation of hula. They are revered kumu hula Edith Kawelohea McKinzie, 86, top left; Pat Namaka Bacon, 92; and master chanter James Ka'upena Wong, 82, at left. Wong uses an ukeke, the only string instrument that ancient Hawaiians used, which was strung by George Bacon, Pat's husband, more than 40 years ago.
    20120705-8382 FTR CHANTER Master chanter Kaupena Wong, 82 is at his home in Makaha. He is holding an ukeke that is the only stringed instrument that ancient Hawaiians used. He uses an ukeke that was strung by George Bacon over 40 years ago (George is Pat Namaka Bacon's husband) He is one of three kupuna (along with kumu hula Pat Namaka Bacon and Edith Kawelohea McKinzie) being honored at the Prince Lot Hula Festival at the Moanalua Gardens July 21st. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JULY 5, 2012.

    Kumu hula Pat Namaka Bacon and Edith Kawelohea McKinzie will both be honored at the next Prince Lot Hula Festival on July 21, to be held at Moanalua Gardens. Edith Kawelohea McKinzie, second from left, and her daughter, Joleen Chavez, left, and Pat Namaka Bacon, third, with her daughter Mary Kawena "Dodie" Browne, right, posed at Moanalua Gardens.

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