Aunty Edith Kanaka`ole (1913-1979) taught the Hawaiian language on Hawaii island for years, and was named “Hawaiian of the Year” in 1977 by the State Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Her other awards and recognition include the Governor’s Award of Distinction for Cultural Leadership, earned in 1979. In 1980 she was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for the Best Traditional Album Of the Year.
In Hawaii, the word for child is "keiki". These little ones are learning the art of hula, which is the sacred dance of Hawaii. Every movement & hand gesture has a specific meaning, usually pertaining to the ocean, the palm trees, any natural aspect of Hawaiian life.
ʻIolani Luahine (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1978), born Harriet Lanihau Makekau, was a native Hawaiian kumu hula, dancer, chanter and teacher, who was considered the high priestess of the ancient hula. The New York Times wrote that she was "regarded as Hawaii's last great exponent of the sacred hula ceremony," and the Honolulu Advertiser wrote: "In her ancient dances, she was the poet of the Hawaiian people." The ʻIolani Luahine Hula Festival was established in her memory.