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  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Leilehua Becker Furtado strikes the same pose as the picture of her when she danced at the Hawaiian Room at the Lexington Hotel in New York. Furtado sang in a band before becoming one of the earliest Hawaiian Room dancers in 1949.
  • COURTESY HAWAIIAN ROOM COLLECTION / HULA PRESERVATION SOCIETY
    The "Hawaiian Room Archive" contains items taken from the personal scrapbook collections of former dancers.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    TeMoana Makolo stands next to a Hawaiian Room photo in which she is third from left. Makolo joined the Hawaiian Room roster in 1962 after gaining experience as a hula dancer in Las Vegas; she eventually became a choreographer for the show. Keola Beamer, kneeling in front, started out at the Hawaiian Room behind the scenes. He would go on to become the show's producer and was also a singer, dancer and emcee.
  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Angie Costa, Leilehua Becker Furtado and TeMoana Makolo were all smiles as they reminisced about their time in the Hawaiian Room. Behind them is "The Hawaiian Room: Dine, Dance, Romance, The Lexington" exhibit at Honolulu Hale's mezzanine.

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