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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 16, 2010

Hawaii says goodbye to kumu hula Rae Fonseca

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Program cover for kumu hula Rae Fonseca's funeral. A celebration of life in Hilo was held today.

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Friends arrive at Sangha Hall in Hilo today to pay tribute to kumu hula Rae Fonseca, one of the most honored teachers of the hula community.

Advertiser staff

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Friends and family of kumu hula Rae Fonseca paid tribute to one of the most honored teachers of the hula community at a public celebration of life Friday in Hilo.

The celebration of life was from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sangha Hall. A private scattering of ashes followed.

Fonseca, who founded Hula Halau O Kahikilaulani, died March 20 after collapsing following a performance at the Lei O Lanikuhonua Hula Festival in Ko Olina. He was 56.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fonseca's memory can be made to Hula Halau O Kahikilaulani, 121 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720.

Fonseca died a day after the passing in Hilo of 88-year-old "Auntie Dottie" Thompson, a founder of the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.