Most viewed - GUNMA 群馬県
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Hula kahiko started with a chant. ショーは夜の8:45〜9:45、フラカヒコで始まった。8月5日の第三の夜は雷雨のため中止となった。これらの写真は4日と6日に撮影。毎晩、ちょっと違うショーだった1236 views
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Hula Halau'O Kamuela from Oahu won the overall title at the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival held in Hilo, Hawai'i. The overall winner is also invited to perform at Ikaho Spa's annual Hawaiian Festival held in August.750 views
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The following photos (watermarked "2008") of Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence were taken before it was moved to its present location.464 views
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Aloha Dalire teaching hula in Ikaho. The Hawaiian workshops were held at the Ikaho Kaikan Hall in central Ikaho. アロハ・ダリレが教えるフラセミナー456 views
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Morinji is a Soto-Zen temple famous for the Bunbuku Chagama (分福茶釜) folk tale about a tanuki raccoon dog that transformed into a steel pot used by the temple priest. Near Morinji-mae Station on the Tobu Line. One stop before Tatebayashi Station.343 views
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Also see my photos of Shigaraki tanuki in Shiga Prefecture here.316 views
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For the 12th Ikaho Hawaiian Festival held during Aug. 3-6, 2008, Hula Halau'O Kamuela performed every night for an hour as the festival's main event (free admission). 伊香保ハワイアンフェスティバルのメリーモナークショー313 views
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A big mahalo to Hula Halau 'O Kamuela for traveling all the way to Ikaho and making us all happy with their hula. I have already given free copies of these photos (and more) to the performers through Kau'i and Kunewa.309 views
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I would say this is one of Japan's top five best places to see carp streamers at Kanna-machi, Gunma.287 views
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Main venue of the Ikaho Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Festival held every summer in Ikaho Spa, Gunma Prefecture since 1997. It is on a city-operated parking lot. 伊香保ハワイアンフェスティバル会場258 views
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The kumu hula is Kamana'o Anson Kauionalani or Kaui for short. He does a solo dance here. The music was performed by a wonderful Hawaiian trio called 'Ale'a.243 views
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For that one magical hour, it felt like we were in Hawai'i.239 views
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The mountain top has a small rest house.226 views
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Held during late April to early May, Kanna's Koinobori festival of carp streamers is this town's claim to fame. About 800 colorful carp streamers swim in the sky above a river. Strings of carp streamers viewable from the road.221 views
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Eight strings x 100 carp streamers = 800 carp216 views
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Backbend sequence by Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.211 views
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Their first number was hula kahiko (ancient hula). The performance was held from 8:45 pm to 9:45 pm. On the third night (Aug. 5), the show was unfortunately cancelled due to heavy nighttime rains.207 views
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Kannon and bridge, Takasaki, Gunma206 views
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One of my favorite shots.205 views
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Two of the girls were students at the high school I graduated from in Honolulu.202 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamanao in a cheerful duet.202 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.202 views
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Daruma dolls can never be knocked over since they always stand upright.200 views
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Group shot of the Hawaii gang and Ikaho Hawaiian Festival Committee.200 views
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Shorinzan Daruma Temple 少林山達磨寺199 viewsDaruma offerings on both sides of the temple.
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More eye candy with colorful, shimmering grass skirts.199 views
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Many of the girls were still high school students.196 views
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They used one 'uli'uli, a feathered gourd rattle.195 views
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On the way back out, passing by the 21 tanuki raccoon dog statues again.195 views
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Backbend was a real crowd pleaser.193 views
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Tatebayashi The Treasures Garden is a fairly large garden with various flowers, especially roses and moss pink. It is open from April to Nov. from 8 am to 6 pm (till 5 pm in autumn).188 views
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After the backbend.185 views
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Entrance and stairs going up to Shorinzan, a small hill. 少林山181 views
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Inside the Daruma temple, Takasaki.179 views
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For the three shows they did perform, each show was slightly different. For people who saw all three shows, they got something different from each show.179 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem performs at Ikaho, Japan. She later became Miss Aloha Hula 2010. Shadows on her velvety gown look good.178 views
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What would a hula show be without the 'uli'uli gourd rattles?177 views
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The photos on this page were taken on two different nights.175 views
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Daruma closeup174 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.174 views
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More photos here.170 views
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Hawaiian celebrities Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu pose with yet another group of Japanese hula dancers in a hotel lobby in Ikaho.167 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem165 views
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Carp streamer caught at Kanna-machi, Gunma163 views
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Different daruma from all over Japan. Very interesting.163 views
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Hula girl163 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki162 views
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Music was provided by Puka on bass, Aaron Sala on keyboard and Kunewa Mook on ukulele.162 views
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Entrance to Ikaho Onsen. Ikaho Spa has two Hawaii connections. One is with Hawaiian Minister to Japan Robert W. Irwin who had a summer house in Ikaho.161 views
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A touch of elegance with this solo number.160 views
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Bus we rode to and from Kanna-machi.153 views
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They use 'ili'ili stone castanets.151 views
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Her lit arms pierce the dark...149 views
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In the background is the flag of the city of Shibukawa, the sister city of the County of Hawai'i (island of Hawai'i or the Big Island).149 views
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Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line (connects to Hanzomon subway line in Tokyo), east side. Takes almost 90 min. from central Tokyo by regular train. Costs only about 1100 yen.147 views
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JR Takasaki Station 高崎駅146 viewsAs seen from my hotel.
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These pictures were taken in May 2003, when Kanna-machi town was newly formed upon the merging of Manba town and Nakazato village.145 views
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View from mountain top, Kanna-machi town seen below.145 views
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For many women, hula is good exercise, recreational fun, or a chance to look and feel like a different person. The colorful costumes, flowers, attractive movements, and glamorous setting are all very appealing.145 views
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On the left side of the stage was the Hawaiian flag.144 views
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Members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela try Japanese-style dancing during the farewell party.141 views
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Kau'i in a duet, paddling in a canoe.141 views
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Strings of carp streamers latched to the ground from the mountaintop.140 views
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Standing 41.8 meters high, equivalent to a 9-story building.140 views
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On the final night, they gave an encore where Kau'i joined in.139 views
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JR Shin-machi Station to go back to Takasaki.138 views
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Aloha Dalire dancing the hula on stage. 飛び入り参加したアロハ・ダリレもフラを披露。138 views
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最後の夜だけアンコールがあった138 views
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Letter from Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro proclaiming sister-city relations with Ikaho (before it merged with Shibukawa).138 views
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The crowd watching the show. The front row includes guests from Hawai'i.136 views
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Kunewa Mook, one of the kumu hulas for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.135 views
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The final number.135 views
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Kanna-machi banners celebrating the formation of the new town.134 views
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Sister-city exhibit for the County of Hawaii (Big Island).134 views
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On the last night of the festival, a farewell party was held for the Hawaii delegation. Shibukawa city council chairman Katsuaki Oshima (left) and Mayor Kogure pose with members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.133 views
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Bamboo rattles called pu'ili.133 views
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This modest building is only part of a larger complex of Irwin's summer residence. This is the front entrance. Note that this residence has moved slightly up the Stone Steps in fall 2013.132 views
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View from JR Takasaki Station's East Exit. 高崎駅東口131 viewsTakasaki Tower Museum of Art is the tall building on the left.

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JR Takasaki Station, West Exit 高崎駅西口130 views
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He's a crowd pleaser as well and well-known in Japan. Also a graduate of the same high school as me.130 views
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Kau'i performs a solo number.130 views
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The band go over their numbers before going on stage.130 views
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His slow hula dance drove the ladies wild. You should've heard the screams...129 views
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Main room of the Irwin summer house. When these photos were taken, the house served as a museum. However, in April 2014, a new Guidance Museum next to the relocated house opened to display these artifacts. The house has no exhibits now.128 views
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Finale. Also see photos of the 2008 Ikaho Hawaiian Festival here.127 views
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The surprise on the last night was kumu hula Kunewa Mook dancing on stage. 違う夜にクネヴァ・ムークも飛び入り参加127 views
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4. The large belly is for being calm as well as bold...127 views
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Kanna-machi is quite out of the way, but worth the time it takes to get there (from Takasaki).126 views
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Kunewa is a very distinguished-looking man, much more so in person than in pictures. He always has a great smile for the camera too.125 views
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Eight strings of carp streamers hover over the river.124 views
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Robert Walker Irwin and wife Iki formally dressed during a visit to the Imperial Palace for an audience with the emperor. ロバート W. アルウインと妻のイキ124 views
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JR Takasaki Station121 views
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The audience sit on the Stone Steps to watch the "Street corner hula." So what did they do when it rained?121 views
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This lady has produced five Miss Aloha Hulas, including all three of her daughters and this year's Miss Aloha Hula (Kuhi Suganuma).121 views
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Aloha Dalire performing in the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.121 views
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Ikaho's sister-city exhibit in Machi-no-Eki building (ropeway terminal).121 views
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Right balcony of temple.120 views
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View of Takasaki. The tall building is Takasaki City Hall.119 views
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Daruma exhibits (the giant daruma on the left is for the late Fukuda Takeo, former prime minister from Gunma.118 views
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Modern hula dances such as this one is mainly for tourist entertainment.115 views
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The bass player is also a graduate of my high school.115 views
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The band.114 views
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The giant daruma on the left is for Nakasone Yasuhiro, and the right is for the late Obuchi Keizo, both former prime ministers from Gunma.113 views
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Parking lot downstream. Most people arrive by car or bus. (No nearby train station.)112 views
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This venue is called "Machikado Hula." (Street corner hula). It went on from 11 am to 5 pm during the four-day festival (except on the first day when it started from 1 pm).112 views
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Lying low111 views
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One of 20 Buddha figures inside the Kannon.111 viewsDuring New Year's, many people visit the Kannon.
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Daruma Museum (next to temple)111 views
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Family of Robert Walker Irwin. Left to right: Robert Jr., Bella, 4th daughter Agnes, Iki, 2nd son Richard, Robert, 3rd daughter Marion, and 2nd daughter Mary.111 views
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The Ikaho hula festival is officially sanctioned by The Merrie Monarch Festival, held in spring in Hilo, Hawaii. It is the most important and prestigious hula competition.110 views
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The surprise on the second night (Aug. 4) was a performance by kumu hula Aloha Dalire.109 views
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In the evenings, the overall winner of the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawaii performed on stage. In 2003, it was Hula Halau 'O Kamuela from Oahu. They performed both the ancient hula kahiko dances (pictured here) and modern auana dances in Ikah107 views
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Takasaki Museum of Art 高崎市立美術館106 views
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Many more photos of this show here.105 views
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Tahitian dances were also performed.104 views
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This was a song about paddling a canoe, I think.104 views
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Made of concrete.103 views
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They are professional hula dancers, some of the best in the world.103 views
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Entrance to Daruma Museum (one room only)100 views
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Garden (photos taken in early May)98 views
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Raft rides97 views
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Festivals in Tatebayashi.97 views
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Morinji's tourist souvenir shops sell mainly tanuki statues made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.97 views
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In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.96 views
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Hula is also performed by men. These photos were taken during the 7th Ikaho Hawaiian Festival (Aug. 5-7, 2003).96 views
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Colorful costumes and lots of eye candy.96 views
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There's a secret technique to fasten the carp to the cable so they don't slide around.95 views
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The nightly main event was an hour-long Merrie Monarch hula show by Hula Halau 'O Kamuela, the overall winner of the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival held in Hilo, Hawaii.95 views
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Swimming in the air94 views
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The Kannon statue peers over the trees.94 views
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Right balcony of temple.94 views
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Bridge with a view93 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki.93 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamana'o does a solo number.93 views
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Riverside92 views
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View from Kannon-yama.92 views
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An Australian praying at the temple92 views
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Mayor Kogure speaks with Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu after the Merrie Monarch Show.92 views
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Crowd-pleasing performance.91 views
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A giant Tanuki raccoon dog statue at Morinji temple at Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Donated by Tobu Railway in 1960.91 views
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Hiking up the mountain.89 views
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Finally, they use feathered gourd rattles called Ulīʻulī.88 views
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Aloha Dalire taught seminars in hula history, Hawaiian expression, and lei-making (pictured here). She brought a boxful of a'ali'i flowers for lei-making. All the students had heard of the flower, but it was the first time for them to see it.88 views
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Aloha also taught two hula workshops. For the first workshop, she taught the song "Nani Lawa'i" (sung by Na Palapalai). First, she had the students close their eyes and listen to the song.87 views
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Robert Walker Irwin and oldest daughter Bella. Portrait taken when they visited the US.86 views
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A few statues shows a tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Based on the Bunbuku Chagama folktale.86 views
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