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Late kumu hula Edith Kanaka‘ole to appear on U.S. quarter

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                                Edith Kekuhi Kanakaole was a composer, entertainer, educator, lecturer and coordinator of Hawaiiana language studies at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. She died in 1979.

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    Edith Kekuhi Kanakaole was a composer, entertainer, educator, lecturer and coordinator of Hawaiiana language studies at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. She died in 1979.

The late Native Hawaiian kumu hula Edith Kanaka‘ole is among five women who will be individually featured on a U.S. quarter next year as part of a program that depicts notable women on the flip side of the coin.

The U.S. Mint said Wednesday the other side of each quarter will show George Washington.

Kanaka‘ole, who died in 1979, was a composer, chanter, dancer, teacher and entertainer.

“Her moʻolelo, or stories, served to rescue aspects of Hawaiian history, customs and traditions that were disappearing due to the cultural bigotry of the time,” it said in a news release.

The Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation in Hilo, which was established in 1990 to perpetuate her and her husband Luka Kanaka’ole’s teachings, said she has been recognized as “the preeminent practitioner of modern Hawaiian culture and language.”

The U.S. Mint said the other four women to appear on the coin next year were: Bessie Coleman, the first African American and first Native American woman pilot; Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and author; Jovita Idar, the Mexican American journalist and activist; and Maria Tallchief, who was America’s first prima ballerina.

This year, the program is issuing coins featuring five other women, including poet Maya Angelou and astronaut Sally Ride.

Correction: A previous version of this article and its caption incorrectly reported the year of Kanaka’ole’s death.
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