Six “aunties” who performed at the historic Hawaiian Room will appear in-person on Thursday, December 6, 2 p.m. at Windward Community College’s new Library Learning Commons in conjunction with a unique exhibit—The Hawaiian Room, Dine, Dance, Romance, The Lexington—marking the popular New York City attraction’s 75th anniversary. From 1937 to 1966, the Hawaiian Room at the Hotel Lexington in New York City featured prominent Hawaiian musicians and hula performers.

Windward Community College and the Hula Preservation Society are celebrating the anniversary with a multi-media exhibit, The Hawaiian Room, Dine, Dance, Romance, The Lexington, featuring photographs, newspaper clippings and oral history segments from the archives of the musicians and hula practitioners who made New York City their home while performing at the Hotel Lexington. Over the course of its 30-year run, The Hawaiian Room productions received rave reviews as an off-Broadway show.

Led by TeMoana Makolo, the aunties will share personal stories, their favorite hula and answer questions about their experiences as young people in New York City sharing the meaning of aloha to millions on the East Coast.

Exhibit on display at Hale Laʻakea

The Hawaiian Room, Dine, Dance, Romance, The Lexington will display at Hale Laʻakea (Library Learning Commons) lower level until December 17. The exhibit can be viewed Monday–Thursday, 7:45 a.m.–10 p.m. and Friday, 7:45 a.m.–4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Beatson or call (808) 235-7374.

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  1. Upon return to the islands, their children after years of upbringing on the mainland comeback with “twangy” accents years later. The accents disappear after about 20 but adjusting away from the dynamic pace of life on the mainland creates difficulty.

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