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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1305 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.815 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.508 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504 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407 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.354 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305 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.284 views
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For that one magical hour, it felt like we were in Hawai'i.283 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.265 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.256 views
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One of my favorite shots.254 views
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Two of the girls were students at the high school I graduated from in Honolulu.249 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamanao in a cheerful duet.247 views
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More eye candy with colorful, shimmering grass skirts.246 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.246 views
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Many of the girls were still high school students.245 views
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Group shot of the Hawaii gang and Ikaho Hawaiian Festival Committee.242 views
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They used one 'uli'uli, a feathered gourd rattle.239 views
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Backbend was a real crowd pleaser.238 views
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After the backbend.229 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.228 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.227 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.225 views
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The photos on this page were taken on two different nights.224 views
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What would a hula show be without the 'uli'uli gourd rattles?221 views
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More photos here.219 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.218 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem211 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.210 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.208 views
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Hula girl207 views
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Music was provided by Puka on bass, Aaron Sala on keyboard and Kunewa Mook on ukulele.205 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?204 views
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A touch of elegance with this solo number.202 views
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They use 'ili'ili stone castanets.199 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.199 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).195 views
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Her lit arms pierce the dark...192 views
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The final number.189 views
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On the final night, they gave an encore where Kau'i joined in.189 views
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Iki and Robert Walker Irwin at the Imperial Palace for the promulgation of the Meiji Constitution in Feb. 1889. ロバート W. アルウインと妻のイキ189 views
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Kau'i in a duet, paddling in a canoe.187 views
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最後の夜だけアンコールがあった187 views
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On the left side of the stage was the Hawaiian flag.186 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。183 views
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Members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela try Japanese-style dancing during the farewell party.181 views
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The crowd watching the show. The front row includes guests from Hawai'i.181 views
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Letter from Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro proclaiming sister-city relations with Ikaho (before it merged with Shibukawa).181 views
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Bamboo rattles called pu'ili.179 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 2013.178 views
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Kau'i performs a solo number.177 views
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The band go over their numbers before going on stage.177 views
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Kunewa Mook, one of the kumu hulas for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.177 views
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Sister-city exhibit for the County of Hawaii (Big Island).176 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.174 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.174 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173 views
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His slow hula dance drove the ladies wild. You should've heard the screams...172 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.171 views
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Finale. Also see photos of the 2008 Ikaho Hawaiian Festival here.167 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).167 views
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Aloha Dalire performing in the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.165 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.163 views
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Ikaho's sister-city exhibit in Machi-no-Eki building (ropeway terminal).162 views
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The bass player is also a graduate of my high school.160 views
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The band.158 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).156 views
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Modern hula dances such as this one is mainly for tourist entertainment.153 views
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The surprise on the second night (Aug. 4) was a performance by kumu hula Aloha Dalire.152 views
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Many more photos of this show here.150 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.149 views
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This was a song about paddling a canoe, I think.148 views
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Tahitian dances were also performed.146 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 Ikah145 views
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They are professional hula dancers, some of the best in the world.143 views
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Robert Walker Irwin and oldest daughter Bella. Portrait taken when they visited the US.142 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.141 views
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Bella Irwin established the Irwin Gakuen school and kindergarten アルウィン学園 in 1916 in Kojimachi. Today, the school is in Tokyo's Suginami Ward called Irwin Gakuen Gyokusei Hoiku Senmon Gakko.140 viewsshe
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Colorful costumes and lots of eye candy.138 views
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Mayor Kogure speaks with Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu after the Merrie Monarch Show.138 views
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Crowd-pleasing performance.136 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).135 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamana'o does a solo number.135 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.130 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.130 views
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Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence in Ikaho, next to the Stone Steps. He was the Hawaiian Minister to Japan during the late 19th century. He coordinated the immigration of Japanese to Hawaii. ロバート W. アルウイン別邸130 views
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Finally, they use feathered gourd rattles called Ulīʻulī.129 views
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Short greetings by Luana Saiki-Kawelu, Assistant Director of the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. Ikaho's Hawaiian festival is Japan's only hula event officially endorsed by the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo.128 views
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A young Robert Walker Irwin.122 views
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Hula workshops are also offered during the day at cost. A famous kumu hula teacher from Hawaii teaches the class.121 views
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After the bamboo sticks, the girls used a gourd drum called ipu.121 views
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Every year, the overall winner of the Merrie Monarch Festival is invited to perform at Ikaho's Hawaiian festival. They started with a hula kahiko (ancient hula) dance.121 views
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A few words by Kau'i Kamana'o, kumu hula of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela who was the festival's guest performer and overall winner of the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii.120 views
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Kumu hula Aloha Dalire, instructor of the Hawaiian seminars during the festival, also greets the audience. アロハ・ダリレ120 views
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Kupuna 4分ごとに各フラチームがステージで出演。119 views
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Thomas Goya during the closing ceremony.119 views
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Kumu hula Aloha Dalire explains that she is a 7th-generation kumu hula in her family, and produced five Miss Aloha Hulas at the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, including all three of her daughters and Kuhi Suganuma, the 2008 Miss Aloha Hula.118 views
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The Honorable Jiichi Kogure, mayor of Shibukawa, lauds the festival during the closing ceremony. 渋川市長 木暮治一117 views
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Aloha Dalire also speaks during the closing ceremony.117 views
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Tommy Hirano, Honorary Consul-General of Japan from Hilo, Hawaii also speaks. It was his first visit to Ikaho.116 views
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Upper left is a letter from Yukiko Irwin, Bella's niece. Upper right are hymns used by Bella's Sunday School. Photo below shows Yukiko Irwin (daughter of Robert Irwin's 2nd son Richard) visiting Ikaho in 1979, meeting with a cultural property115 views
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On the last day of the festival on Aug. 6, 2008, a closing ceremony was held at 8 pm before the prize drawing and Merrie Monarch Show. Luana Saiki-Kawelu gives a few words.114 views
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Kumu hula Kunewa Mook also speaks at the opening ceremony. In the background is the flag of the city of Shibukawa. In Japan, all cities, towns, and villages have their own official logo and flag.113 views
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Thomas Goya, from Hilo and president of the Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, speaks as a representative of the County of Hawai'i, Ikaho's sister city. ハワイ島日系人協会会長112 views
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In 1985, the 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Ikaho designated this residence as one of the town's Historic Places. ハワイ公使別邸111 views
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In 1985, the 100th anniversary of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Ikaho designated this residence as one of the town's Historic Places. ハワイ王国公使別邸111 views
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They wore a variety of colorful costumes and used various hula instruments such as these frayed bamboo sticks called Pūʻili.110 views
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For the second hula workshop, Aloha taught the song "Nani Manoa." The workshops were held at Ikaho Kaikan hall. 伊香保会館110 views
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This modest building is only part of what was a larger complex of Irwin's summer residence. This is the front entrance. Open to the public, free admission.110 views
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Dreamy stage lighting.108 views
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Letters to Bella from her Sunday School students. Lower right is a chronology of Bella's life published by her school. Her name "Irwin" is rendered in kanji characters pronounced "Ari-in." 有院108 views
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The opening ceremony included a few speeches and a ukulele performance by Mr. San'uemon Chigira, the chairman of the festival committee.107 views
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Students who attended all five Hawaiian seminars were given a Certificate of Completion signed by Aloha Dalire who enjoyed teaching the seminars. She then freely signed autographs and took pictures with the students.107 views
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Hawaiian Waiwai Party ("Waiwai" means boisterous.)107 views
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Tommy Hirano during the closing ceremony.107 views
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It cost 30,000 yen to take all five seminars or 10,000 yen for one seminar. The hula seminars were the most popular. Free ukulele lessons were also taught at a different venue by a Japanese teacher.106 views
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Hula on the Stone Steps 石段街105 views
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Every 4 minutes, a new group of hula dancers went on and performed on stage. This went on for four days 10 am to 6 pm (except on the first day when it started from 1 pm).105 views
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Guests of Honor from Hawaii were introduced to the crowd.104 views
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Signboard outside the Irwin summer house. Also see my list of other Japanese-American and nikkei museums in Japan here..104 views
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Once upon a time, hula in Japan was mainly done by elderly women. Not anymore as hula's popularity has spread to all ages in Japan.102 views
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Panel explaining Bella Irwin's Christian Sunday School.101 views
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Ikaho is famous for the Stone Steps lined with shops. A section of it also served as a second hula stage during the day.100 views
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The first day featured Keiki Hula (hula by children).100 views
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A few hula dancers take a break after performing their number on the Stone Steps.100 views
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Town parking lot with a makeshift stage and main venue of the festival. The "Merrie Monarch" refers to King David Kalakaua who reigned over the Hawaiian Kingdom 1874-1891. He promoted hula in Hawaii as well as Japanese immigration to Hawaii.99 views
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From 7 pm to 8:30 pm, the Hawaiian Waiwai Party allowed anybody to go up front and dance the hula. Hawaiian music provided by a Japanese Hawaiian band (Dan Yamamoto & Ikaho Hawaiians).99 views
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After the Waiwai Party was a nightly drawing for prizes. People staying at any Ikaho inn/hotel would receive a lottery ticket which they put in this large box. The grand prize was a trip for two to Hawaii. The prize drawing was held on all four nights.99 views
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Robert Walker Irwin in his later years. ロバート W. アルウイン. Read more about him here.99 viewsA young Robert Walker Irwin ロバート W. アルウイン
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A total of five 90-min. Hawaiian seminars were held during Ikaho's Hawaiian festival in Aug. 2008, and they were all taught by kumu hula Aloha Dalire who was very well received by the (thrilled) students.98 views
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All the seats were filled during the all-day performances. So many hula groups applied to perform during the festival that Ikaho had to draw lots to decide who could appear.97 views
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First floor of Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence in Ikaho. When the house was moved, it was disassembled and repaired before reassembly.96 views
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About 600 seats at the main venue. Ikaho's connection to Hawaii lies with the summer residence of Robert Walker Irwin, the Hawaiian Minister to Japan during the late 19th century.95 views
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The Hawaiian festival's opening ceremony was held on the festival's first day on Aug. 3, 2008. Among Japan's many hula festivals, this one is unique since it is organized by a city government based on sister-city ties.95 views
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One section of the Stone Steps also served as another venue for Ikaho's Hawaiian Festival. 「街角フラ」石段にて95 views
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Photo of of four of Irwin's children in Ikaho. The building on the right is apparently the building that remains today.95 views
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Ikaho is also a sister city of Hawaii island. During Aug. 5-7, 2003, Ikaho hosted the 7th King Kalakaua Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Festival featuring hula performances by numerous Japanese hula groups.94 views
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Canopy for the spectators fronting the main outdoor stage.93 views
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Shops on the lower level.93 views
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Hawaiian souvenirs for sale.92 views
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Main stage where many Japanese hula troupes performed during the day for three days. Free admission.92 views
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The main venue has two large adjoining tents. The tent on the left covers the stage, and the one on the right covers the audience seats. The place is ringed by outdoor shops selling Hawaiian goods (mainly clothing).92 views
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During Aug. 3-6, 2008, about 390 hula groups (totaling 4,700 people) performed on this stage. About 838 hula groups applied to perform, and only 390 could be selected to appear.92 views
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After Irwin died, the house was sold to Kodansha, a publishing company, and used for employee training. Eventually, the house was acquired by Gunma Prefecture and later by Ikaho/Shibukawa.92 views
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Signboard at the entrance to Ikaho Spa. ("Monach" is spelled wrong.) "Monach"はスペルミス。91 views
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Shops around the main venue.91 views
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Main venue of the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival. メイン会場90 views
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More shops on the lower level.90 views
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The famous Stone Steps of Ikaho. Ikaho is on a mountain slope, and the Stone Steps goes through the center of the hot spring town. It is lined with shops and inns. ("Monach" is spelled wrong.) "Monach"はスペルミス89 views
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On the left is a winter coat worn by wife Iki. A few lamps, hibachi heater, and furniture used in the Irwin summer residence also displayed.89 views
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In the evenings, Hawaii's top hula halau (winner of the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawaii) performed as the festival's main event. Photo: Flags of Hawaii and Ikaho town (merged with Shibukawa in 2006).88 views
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Other workshops are held such as ukulele lessons and a lei-making class.86 views
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Portrait of Robert Walker Irwin and with his Japanese wife Takechi Iki who was from a samurai family.86 views
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Rear view of Irwin's summer residence. This building has moved to a new location up the Stone Steps and these photos show it at the previous location at the foot of the Stone Steps.85 views
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Upper left is a New Year's postcard to Robert. Lower left is a funeral notice for Iki. Upper right is a family portrait.85 views
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On the top right is a letter from Hawai'i's Governor George Ariyoshi (next image). The lower right are rocks from Kilauea volcano, and the left are souvenir ribbons marking the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigration in 1868.84 views
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Dishes and cutlery used in Irwin's Ikaho residence. Most were imported from Europe and the US. Some are also from Japan.84 views
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