Honoring Hawaiian heritage through hula



ISLAND SOUNDS—Local resident Rona Pualanina`auali`ioha Koe teaches Hawaiian hula dancing at her school, started in 2012. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

When Rona Pualanina`auali` ioha Koe opened her traditional Hawaiian hula school in 2012, she knew she was continuing the legacy of her own dance teacher, Sylvia Puananiha`aheo Edgar.

Edgar had chosen Koe as one of four students in her Ventura class to study under her to become a teacher. Koe isn’t certain why she was chosen.

Maybe it was...

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